Dearth of wide-body order hang over Airbus, Boeing

Subscription Required Introduction July 25, 2016, © Leeham Co.: It wasn’t a good two weeks for wide-body airplanes. AirbusNewWeek 1: Virtually no new orders for wide-bodies were announced at the Farnborough Air Show. Airbus, responding to a leak to the Paris newspaper La Tribune, confirmed it will reduce production for the A380 from 20/yr in 2017 to 12/yr in 2018—returning the program to a loss. Boeing firmed up an MOU announced at the Paris Air Show with Volga Dnepr for 20 747-8Fs, but wouldn’t say how many are firm orders and how many are options. Week 2: Boeing took nearly $1.7bn in after-tax write downs for the 787 and 747-8 programs. Boeing LogoAmerican Airlines rescheduled all of its Airbus A350 XWB orders for two years to preserve cash. And, while not directly tied to wide-bodies per se, Delta Air Lines announced it will reduce its trans-Atlantic services for a variety of reasons. Most of these services are performed with wide-body aircraft.
Summary
  • Boeing has just 34 wide-body orders through July 19.
  • Airbus has 56 wide-body orders through June 30.
  • Farnborough orders not yet included.
  • A “bubble burst” or just part of a normal cycle?

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