Highlights from the show, as we see it:
- Boeing said the entry-in-service for the 737 MAX will be accelerated from the fourth quarter 2017 to the third quarter. Southwest Airlines of the USA is the first operator. Bloomberg reported this is a six month acceleration, but we believe this is no more than three months at the outside. We had EIS for October 2017. Ascend data base shows the first delivery now for September 2017 and a total of four in 2017, the latter unchanged from when we wrote a story for Flight Global about the order from Southwest.
- Update on the above item: Boeing has clarified that citing “six” months was a mis-speak; the EIS moves from Q4 to Q3 [along the lines we’ve written–editor].
- The long-awaited order for Airbus A350s from Air France finally happened.
- Ryanair firmed up its order for 175 737-800s.
- Airbus says it’s alerted suppliers about the prospect of boosting A320 production to 50/mo by 2020. Boeing didn’t reveal at the air show (as far as we can tell from news reports) but our Market Intelligence tells us that Boeing has alerted suppliers about the prospect of boosting 737 production to 52/mo by 2019.
- For all the hoopla of the Embraer E-Jet E2 launch, most of the orders and commitments were for the smallest E-175 E2.