Farnborough Air Show leftovers:
Big CSeries order coming? Flight Global reports that lessor Macquarie Airfinance is about ready to sign a deal for 50 Bombardier CSeries. If true, this would be a major departure for the lessor, which historically hasn’t placed speculative orders–and it would be a major boost for Bombardier. The Flight Global report doesn’t say if this would be 50 firm or a combination of firm and options. BBD and MAF didn’t comment for Flight. We reached out to MAF and received this response:
“The Flightglobal release was concocted on a rumour and we don’t comment on rumours. You know how it is with lessors. We’re constantly considering every aircraft type that could provide us with value-adding opportunities.”
Bombardier has been selling the CSeries in small numbers, often to second or third tier, and even start-up carriers, a path Boeing took in the early days of the 737-200 program. Airbus relied heavily on lessors for early A320 orders. Boutique lessor LCI was a launch customer for the airplane, and Falko Regional Aircraft Leasing became a customer at FAS.
BBD now has 513 orders and commitments for CSeries.
Embraer, China sign E-Jet deal: It was announced Thursday but we missed it: Embraer and China signed deals for 60 E-190s. ICBC signed for 10+10 E190-E2s and Tianjin Airlines signed for 20 E1s and 20 E2s.
Pratt & Whitney GTF gain: PW announced that the GTF engine for the Airbus A320neo will have PIPs that give it 2% more fuel efficiency than today’s GTF. AINonline has the story.
Airbus v Boeing, wide-body strategies: Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times has a good article with interviews from key leaders from Airbus and Boeing explaining their respective wide-body strategies. The article is illustration with this: