Farnborough show brings new orders
This year’s Farnborough International Air Show has heralded the usual flurry of aircraft orders, although few of them appear to have been determined in large part by specifically air cargo considerations.
Over 50 aircraft were on static display – including a Malaysia Airlines A380 superjumbo and a brand new Qatar Airways B787 'Dreamliner' – while over 120,000 trade visitors were forecast to attend by show organisers Farnborough International. A number of those visitors were expected to be government ministers, while UK prime minister David Cameron officially opened the show.
Airbus had up to then received the only freighter order, when Synergy Aerospace – a division of the Latin American airline operator Synergy Group – announced that it is to buy three A330Fs as well as six A330-200 passenger aircraft.
The Synergy order contributed to US$16.9 billion worth of business that Airbus revealed at Farnborough, consisting of both memorandums of understanding (worth $5.8 billion) and firm purchase orders (worth $11.1 billion).
Numerous deals for Airbus A320 Family type equipment were revealed during the show, while New York-based CIT is to buy a further five A330s (adding to a previously announced intention to buy five A330s). Plus, Cathay Pacific is to add the A350-1000 to its future A350 XWB fleet through an order for 10 of the new type as well as the conversion of 16 existing A350-900 orders.
Boeing also announced a number of deals, the largest of them for its new B737 MAX aircraft. Moreover, the company used Farnborough as a platform to reassure customers of its ability to deliver on orders and eat into a backlog that numbers more than 4,000 aircraft.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said that the company is seeing "levels of demonstrated performance (on its aircraft programmes) that give us confidence in our ability to increase production rates and deliver on our promises to customers".