Odds and Ends at the Paris Air Show, Day 3
- John Leahy, COO-Customers for Airbus, says that after CFM re-jigged the LEAP engine with a larger fan and the seventh LPT stage, has brought the engine to parity with the Pratt & Whitney GTF in fuel burn. The LEAP initially was up to 4% lower in fuel burn, leading to PW’s early lead in sales.
- “We don’t buy deals,” CFM told our associate, Addison Schonland of AirInsight Wednesday during his visit with them at the Paris Air Show. He’s going to have a special post about the War of Words between PW and CFM soon on AirInsight.
- The rivalry between Airbus and Boeing, which is sometimes very bitter, nonetheless is superseded at times by good-natured ribbing. Boeing brought its shiny 747-8I, “Big Orange,” into the air show for the first time. The A380 landed and scraped a building taxiing to the ramp and clipping off the wingtip fence. The ensuing publicity wasn’t exactly what Airbus had in mind. A Boeing PR person kidded an Airbus PR person that the pilot had done this deliberately to take attention away from the new 747-8I.
- In the afore-mentioned incident, the A380 was directed by ground control down a taxi-way that was too close to a building. The A380 pilot question the direction but had been assured it was OK. The A380 was repairs and returned to the show on Wednesday. Upon landing, the pilot stopped the giant aircraft on a taxiway and waited—and waited—and waited for a “Follow me” truck to come out. He clearly wasn’t going to have a repeat of Sunday’s event.
- Talk about a duopoly. Randy Tinseth of Boeing had been looking at order numbers an in the five years from 2006, there is just a difference of 42 (in Boeing’s favor) vs. Airbus.
- Day 3 of the air show once again was marred by rain and this time compounded by low temperatures. It was worse than being in Seattle, which is famous for its crappy weather.