Dec. 8, 2022, © Leeham News: A year-end aircraft order rush will benefit Airbus and Boeing, according to what LNA is hearing.
Airbus appears in line to win 50-100 A350 orders from Air India. Boeing appears in line to win an order from the carrier for 100 new-build 737 MAXes and—get this—40 MAXes that were built for China and which have been in storage since 2019. As previously reported, there were about 140 MAXes built for the Chinese. Boeing said in September it couldn’t wait any longer for China to reopen the domestic market to Boeing for the MAXes. Remarketing the airplanes began then.
The Boeing order could be signed as early as this week or next. The Airbus deal is expected by year-end.
Saudi Arabia is expected to agree to an order for around 50 A350s. The new airline, RIA, which will compete with the current flag carrier, Saudi, is expected to be the prime beneficiary. Airbus hopes to conclude the deal by year’s end if not earlier.
Boeing is not in line for an order this year, according to what HOTR hears. But negotiations begin soon.
In a poorly kept secret, United Airlines appears ready to place an order for up to 100 Boeing 787s. The future of its order for 45 A350s is up in the air.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a special condition for the integrated fuel tank for the Airbus A321XLR. The special condition requires thermal and acoustical insulation to be fire-resistant to protect passengers.
But part of the aft fuselage also forms part of the fuel tank wall. To LNA, this raises the question of foreign object debris damage that could penetrate the fuselage/fuel tank. Think Concorde.
Boom’s SST may be weeks away from going Bust, figuratively speaking. CEO Blake Scholl in September vowed he’d announce an engine for the Boom Overture SST by year-end.
That deadline is just three weeks and two days away.
GE, Rolls-Royce, Safran, and Pratt & Whitney each said it’s not interested (the first three) or has other priorities (the latter).