For all practical purposes for commercial aviation geeks, the air show is over. Even John Leahy left.

There was one significant order today, from Virgin America for 40+20 Airbus A320s with options to convert to A321 and to use sharklets.

Boeing announced a minor order swap involving three airplanes. Bombardier didn’t announce any CSeries orders, but then, we knew by July 12 this was unlikely.

Below are the orders through Day 4, minus a couple of minor ones due after we left the field to wrap up our reporting before going home. Over the course of the next week or so, we’ll pick write some additional stuff.

Updated Day 4

Announced Orders

Customer Airbus Boeing
Air Lease Corp 31 A320s, 20 A321 Sharklets

Delivery from Jan 2011 to early 2015. The 2011 are two Air New Zealand A320s Hazy bought prior to ALC’s forming and have been transferred over to ALC. $4.4bn value.

Engines a mix of CFM and IAE.

GECAS 60 A320 family. CFM engines. Sharklets optional. 40 737-800s, announced list value $3bn. A320 $5bn
Aeroflot 11 A330-300s. $1.7bn  
Emirates   30 Boeing 777-300ERs, $9.1bn. 18 now confirmed as previously ordered but Unidentified. Value of new additions, $3.6bn
Norwegian   15 737-800s
Day 1 122 orders 67 new orders
Day 2    
Avolon Leasing   12 737-800s $921m
Royal Jordanian   3 787s
LAN 40 A320s, 10 A321s MOU  
Hong Kong Airlines 15 A350, 10 A330-200 MOU

Converts 15 previous A330 orders to these A350s and orders 10 additional A330s

Air Lease Corp (see below, Other)   60 737-800 (54+6)
Day 2 orders Net: 60 75
Day 3 Orders    
RBS Aviation Capital 52 A320 Family; announced but previously ordered and undisclosed; not added to our new order tally 43 737 Family; announced but previously ordered and undisclosed; not added to our new order tally.
Germania 5 A319s, converting a previous MOU. Delivery from 2011.  
Thai 7 A330-300s, MOU, from end 2011  
ALAFCO (lessor) Converts 12 A350-800s to -900s. Not included in new order tally  
Garuda 6 A330-200s, from 4Q12  
American   35 737-800s
Qatar   2 777-200LRs; previously ordered, Unidentified, not included in order tally
Okay Airways (China)   10 737-800s; previously ordered, Unidentified, not counted in new order tally
Air Austral   2 777-200LRs
Azerbaijan Airlines   1 767-300ER , 2 767-300F in place of 2 737NGs
Virgin America 40+20 A320, MOU  


Others Announced

Day 1: 37 other types

Sukhoi  Superjets: Kartika, 30

Embraer: TRIP of Brazil, 2 E-190s; Azul of Brazil, 5 E195s

Day 2 Other: Up to 264 other types

  • Azul Brazil, 40 ATR 72-600 $850m
  • Air Lease Corp., 15+5 E-190s (LOI); 10+10 ATR 72-600s
  • Flybe (UK), E-175: 35+65 and purchase rights to 40 more, all-in list value $5bn
  • Nordic Aviation Capital, 7 ATR-42

Day 3: Other Orders

  • Republic, 24 E-190s
  • Pearl Aircraft Corp.  (new company), 30+15n Sukhoi Superjet
  • Crecom Burj (Malaysian lessor), 50 MS-21
  • Vnesheconombank’s leasing arm VEB-Lizing, 15+15 MS-21
  • Qantas, 7 Q400s
  • Orient Thai, 12+12 Superjets

3 Comments on “Farnborough/Thursday


    There has not been visible the slightest sign of the new Boeing 747-8 at Farnborough. The 787 Dreamliner showed up and made its impressive debut, but not one single 747-8, despite three of them should be available now, and the 747-8 urgently needs some more than the current ~ 100 orders to get profitable.
    Is it because development of the 747-8 is already so terribly behind schedule now (> 1 year, if I recall it right) ?
    Or is it, because cost overruns are so huge now (> $ 1 billion, if I recall it right) that Boeing didn’t want to add those presentation costs to the already dire bill ?

  2. Too busy testing, is my guess. In any case, I don’t think appearances at air shows sell many planes. Witness the 787, A380, A400M this time, or the very impressive display of the A346 in Le Bourget five years ago.

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