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Paris Air Show 2017 Day 2



* Qatar Airways firms up an order for 20 Boeing BA.N 737 MAX jets after letter of intent last year for up to 60 737 MAX 8 jets.

* Aviation Capital Group announces order for 20 737 MAX 10s, valued at $2.49 billion at list prices.

* Okay Airways orders 15 737 MAX jets, valued at $1.8 billion at current list prices.

* Avolon signs a memorandum of understanding for 75 737 MAX 8 aircraft, valued at $8.4 billion. Deal also includes an option for a further 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

United Airlines has converted an order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX jets into one for the U.S. planemaker’s new 737 MAX 10

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings (CALC) said on Tuesday it had ordered 15 Boeing 737 MAX 10 jets as part of a previously announced order for a total of 50 of the 737 MAX family.


Brazilian planemaker Embraer SAbooked firm orders for 18 planes from five different clients in deals totaling about $1 billion during the Paris International Air Show, according to a securities filing on Tuesday.

The biggest deal, worth $666 million, was signed with an undisclosed client for 10 E190-E2 jets. Other air carriers signing firm orders include Belarusian Belavia Airlines, Japan’s JAL and Fuji Dream Airlines, and KLM Citihopper.



Paris Air Show 2017 Day 1

Paris Air Show 2017

Boeing unveiled a new version of its best-selling 737 aircraft on Monday, injecting life into a faltering civil aviation market as French President Emmanuel Macron flew in to open the world’s biggest airshow in Paris.


* Lessor GECAS orders 100 A320neo aircraft worth about $10.8 billion at list prices to be delivered 2020-24.

* Air Lease Corp orders 12 additional A321neo aircraft, worth about $1.5 billion at list prices.


* CDB Aviation signs memorandum of understanding for 42 MAX 8; 8 787-9 and 10 737 MAX 10 jets, worth in total about $7.4 billion at list prices.

* GECAS announces purchase of 20 737 MAX 10 jets, worth about $2.5 billion at list prices.

* BOC Aviation announces memorandum of understanding for 10 737 MAX 10 jets worth about $1.25 billion at list prices.

* SpiceJet announces commitment for 40 737 MAX airplanes worth $4.7 bln at list prices. Includes 20 new orders for 737 MAX 10 and conversion of 20 737 MAX 8 jets from existing order.

* Tibet Financial Leasing announces commitment for 20 737 MAX jets, including 737 MAX 10 and 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at about $2.5 billion at list prices.

* AerCap announces order for 30 787-9 Dreamliners worth $8.1 billion at list prices.

* Kuwait-based ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) announces a commitment for 20 737 MAX 8s, worth $2.2 billion at list prices.

* Norwegian announces order for two 737 MAX 8s, worth $225 million at list prices.

* Monarch announces order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s, valued at $1.7 billion at list prices.

* Lion Air announces commitment for 50 737 MAX 10s, worth about $6.24 billion at list prices.

* Qatar Airways firms up an order for 20 Boeing BA.N 737 MAX jets after letter of intent last year for up to 60 737 MAX 8 jets.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is in the final stages of negotiating a $37 billion-plus deal to sell 440 F-35 fighter jets to a group of 11 nations including the United States,



First flight nears, A350 could make Paris show flypast


(Reuters) – Airbus could steal the Paris air show with a flypast of its newest passenger jet, the A350, as confidence grows over a maiden flight some four weeks away.

The timescales of its previous airliner launches suggest the European manufacturer could be ready to fly the aircraft in mid-June, depending on weather and ground trials, giving pilots a narrow time window to test the plane’s basic characteristics in flight before the June 17-23 air show.

With just a few hours in the air, industry sources say it is unlikely that the first completed A350, rolled out of the Airbus paint shop only last week, will actually land at the show.

But if the first handful of flights go to plan, a 600-km (400-mile) trip to Le Bourget for a brief roar over its American rivals would ratchet up the PR war just as Boeing aims to recover from a three-month grounding of its 787 Dreamliner.

Airbus reiterated it plans to fly the A350 around the middle of the year and declined further comment on the plane’s debut.

However, the prospect of Airbus flaunting its newest jet from the air increased as photographs of an A350 logo painted on the plane’s belly circulated on the Internet. Such belly markings are typically used for branding in air show flypasts.

Media were kept away from a staff-only unveiling last week, but a corner of what looked like an A350 logo was just visible on official video that otherwise showed little of the underside, tweeted David Kaminski-Morrow of aviation website Flightglobal.

A flying debut is the signature moment in the development of any new plane, when the industry goes into publicity overdrive.

The first tests may also give Airbus the first indications of whether a $15-billion gamble on an aircraft to rival Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has paid off. The A350 is designed to offer airlines big savings on fuel thanks to a lightweight structure that follows on the heels of Boeing’s carbon-composite 787.

“If everything goes well, you can do a quick check of cruise performance even on the first flight,” said Claude Lelaie, who was head of flight testing at Airbus before he retired.

“Everyone is usually anxious to have a very preliminary idea of performance, and especially fuel consumption,” he said. He declined to comment specifically on the A350.


Airbus shows off its latest products at 50th Paris Air Show

A380 British AirwaysAirbus is showcasing its latest commercial and military product range at the 50th international Paris Air Show at Le Bourget from June 17th to 23rd, 2013. The latest innovations from the EADS Group will be on display and experts will be available to answer questions. Throughout the show, EADS human resource experts will hold a series of career workshops and events for students and attendees considering a future in the aerospace industry. Commercial announcements will also be made during the week.

An A400M (soon to be delivered to the French Air Force) and British Airways’ soon to be delivered first A380 will take the centre stage during the first few days of the show, followed by Airbus’ own flight test aircraft later in the week. Both aircraft types can be viewed on static and flying displays throughout the week. Watch out for the launch of the new A380 advertising campaign “Own the sky”.

Various commercial aircraft will be delivered to customers during the show, including Sharklet equipped A320s, an A330, and the 100th Airbus Military C295. An Airbus ACJ318 which has the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet will also be on static display.

A full life size A350 XWB cockpit and cabin section can be walked through at the EADS pavilion (Row A). Here visitors can experience the latest EADS group innovations that are shaping the future of aviation. This includes an e-Concept Plane, the latest ideas for silent aircraft taxiing, reduced emission flights and sustainable new energies. The latest developments in new energies can be viewed at the dedicated “Alternative Fuels” pavilion (Hall 1 – Stand D). Models of current EADS group wide products are on display at the EADS stand (Hall 2A – Rotonde).

Airbus’ international student competition “Fly Your Ideas” inspires young minds, and by putting innovation, creativity and people at the heart, Airbus aims to attract the world’s most talented individuals. In 2013, Airbus is recruiting 3,000 people globally to add to the 10,000 already hired since 2011. During the week visitors are invited to the EADS static area to leave their creative mark on a giant artwork to be entitled “Express Yourself – Design Your Future”.

Polar Impulse flies last day Paris Air Show 2011

Paris 26 June 2010 – The Solar Powered Plane was unable to fly due to bad weather at Paris Air Show, only on Sunday morning the aircraft was able to fly at the air show.

The technical team was up early to prepare the aircraft and Markus Scherdel, the test pilot, was at Solar Impulse HQ by 08:00 and raring to go.

At 10:00 the propellors started turning and the plane was airbourne in less than 10 second. The public was stunned. There was thunderous applause. After a week of enjoying fabulous displays, sometimes spectacular, but always noisy and polluting, Solar Impulse suddenly offered an astonishing alternative solution. HB-SIA soared above their heads slowly for twenty minutes, majesticly and silently.

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg

The plane was the brainchild of two aviators — Bertrand Piccard, who made history with the world’s first round-the-world hot air balloon flight in 1999, and Andre Borschberg.

Next on the agenda is Solar Impulse Mark II, a modified version of the original plane which will have a bigger cabin — a necessity for that round-the-world flight in 2012.

Source and photo: Solar Impulse
Photo  Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg: Rob Vogelaar, ZAPP

Photo Report 49th Paris Air Show 2011