Paris Air Show, Day 2

To us the biggest news coming out of Day 2 was not the launch of the Boeing 787-10–this was widely expected–but the suggestion by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney that he might seek a waiver to the mandatory age 65 retirement to hang around a bit more.

We comment on this in another post.

Otherwise, today was pretty anti-climactic: Airbus won easyJet–this had been reported as likely. Boeing launched the 787-10 with the expected launch customers. Boeing added five sales to the largely dormant 747-8I program. The Wall Street Journal has a somewhat cheeky view of Airbus’ sales targets, with Boeing’s Randy Tinseth predictably churlish.

And it rained and rained and rained. We’re glad we’re in Seattle.

16 Comments on “Paris Air Show, Day 2

  1. Company managers agreeing to targets that they are sure they can achieve? I am shocked, shocked that this is going on! 🙂 Oh, and I’m sure Mr. Tinseth would be happier if he had sold some more planes…

  2. “Boeing CEO Jim McNerney that he might seek a waiver to the mandatory age 65 retirement to hang around a big more.”

    I think you mean he wants to hang around a BIT more.

    No problem, on the keyboard the “G” is just under the “T”.

    I saw that 5 new order for the B-747-8I by KE, they also ordered 6 B-777-300ERs. With the B-747-8Fs in the fleet (3), with 5 more to be delivered, and now two orders totaling 10 B-747-8Is, KE will have the second largest fleet of B-747-8s in the world, with 18. LH will have 19 B-747-8s, all “I” models.

    • I think the third largest will be Air China, with five … and then Arik Air, with two. And fifth largest, oh wait, there are only four -8I customers.

  3. On Monday it rained and there are thundershowers this Wednesday morning, but there was no rain on Day 2. I’ve got sunburn to prove it 🙂

  4. Although Airbus and Boeing tend to dominate airshows at Paris and Farnborough, I am more interested in the news from second rank manufacturers. eg Embraer’s new e-jet on the first day and a significant order for ATR yesterday.

    • And the fact that BBD has been skunked (commercial side)… yet again. No CRJs and Qs, which they desperately need to keep the lines open at Mirabel while they get the CSeries up and running. No orders for CSeries. On the Biz Jet side they did ok, getting 40 orders on day 2 for the Challenger 350.

      The situation between the Q400 and the ATR is almost a sad joke now. ATR is flat out wiping the floor with BBD. You have to wonder how much longer BBD is going to be in the Turboprop business. More importantly, who will replace them? The airlines don’t like a monopoly, and that’s the way it’s trending. The MA600 isn’t viable, neither are the various Russian Antonov versions. The Koreans and Indians have flirted with making a Turboprop for years, but nothing has emerged, and it would take at least a decade to come out. ATR is sitting pretty.

      • You are correct in your assessment except BBD did get three orders for the Q400 (from Horizon), though in the point of your comment that hardly matters.

  5. I think the WSJ will agree that it’s a lot(understatement) better to predict low and beat it, than predict high and fail to reach it. I’m pretty sure Airbus won’t be disappointed if they predicted 700 at the start and end up with 800+ That’s a good kind of “wrong”

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