The new edition of the Air Show, had as its focus the fight between the two most important aeronautical manufacturers in the world and concluded with a wide victory of Airbus over Boeing, imposing the European with agreements for 383 aircraft against the 267 of its rival, despite of the ‘macro-commission’ committed by IAG (International Airlines Group) for 200 of the model 737 MAX.
It should be remembered that this occurred in the midst of questioning Boeing for the “error” of the cabin alarm system of its 737 MAX aircraft before the two plane crashes that killed 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
For its part, Airbus has achieved orders valued at 48,863 million dollars, compared to the orders obtained by Boeing, amounting to 39,348.2 million dollars, far from the orders of 571 aircraft, valued at 74,800 million dollars obtained by the last edition of the Aeronautical Show. But also for the European multinational the figure obtained is lower than the 431 orders valued at 63,064 million dollars in orders of commercial aircraft during the Farnborough aeronautical fair of 2018.
The launch of the new Airbus A321XLR model has been one of the key points for the balance to be in its favor, since the new ‘Xtra Long Range’ has obtained 226 agreements between secure orders, commitments and conversions, valued at 33,938 millions of dollars at catalog price.
The 226 orders of the A321XLR respond to 48 secure orders, 79 purchase commitments and 99 conversions of previous orders by more than ten customers. Specifically, Air Lease Corporation (ALC) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the acquisition of 100 aircraft, of which 27 correspond to this model, while Middle East Airlines became the customer launch of the aircraft with an order Safe for four of them.
On the other hand, IAG signed the purchase of 14 of them (six for Iberia and eight for Air Lingus) that it will also receive starting in 2023, adding to the launch clients of Indigo Partners, Cebu Pacific and Saudi Flynas have signed their respective documents. Understanding (MoU) for 50 aircraft of this model in the case of the first company and ten of the other two.
For its part, American Airlines agreed to convert 30 of its A321 orders to this new model and expanded it by 20 more, as well as the conversion in the Qantas order of 26 A320neo aircraft to A321XLR, in addition to ten more units. The last airline to show interest in the model was the low-cost American JetBlue, which converted its order of 13 A321neo aircraft to the A321XLR model.
However, the star announcement of the Salon held in Le Bourget was the letter of intent (LOI) of purchase of IAG of 200 aircraft 737 MAX, a commission valued at 24,000 million dollars according to the catalog of the manufacturer, still subject to a formal agreement. This agreement is the first for the model, suspended flight and deliveries since mid-March, due to accidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia with only five months apart.
In addition, he managed shipments of cargo planes from Turkmenistan Airlines (777-200LR), China Airlines from Taiwan (six 777) and Qatar Airways (five 777). In addition, commercial aircraft for Korean Air with a commitment to purchase 20 aircraft 787 ‘Dreamliners‘, ASL (20 737-800) and Air Lease Corporation (five 787-9) and GECAS (10 737-800).
The Paris Air Show is one of the largest events in the sector in which the major companies of the sector, both commercial and defense, take part together with Farnborough, in the United Kingdom, which is held every two years and whose next edition will be in July of 2020.