Paris Air Show Day 3: A320neos and 747-8s Abound

By Paul Riegler on 17 June 2015
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Airbus A350 in Qatar Airways livery

Airbus A350 in Qatar Airways livery

Orders from airlines across the globe continued to be announced at the Paris Air Show on its third day.  The event, which opened Monday, serves as a trade show for the first four days and opens up to the general public on Friday.

Boeing’s 747-8 program got a significant boost after the plane maker received an order from cargo operator Volga-Dnepr Group for 20 additional 747-8 Freighters.   The Chicago-based company also announced that Ethiopian Airlines is buying six more 787 Dreamliners.

Also announced was the launch and first order of Boeing Business Jets BBJ Max 9, placed by an unidentified European customer.

Meanwhile, Airbus announced that an undisclosed Asian airline had ordered 60 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.  The A320neo family has garnered almost 3,800 orders from 72 customers since its launch in 2010.

In addition, Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir ordered six additional A321s.

Later in the day, Airbus announced that Avianca’s largest shareholder, Synergy Aerospace, had commited to 62 A320neo family aircraft. The move will allow Avianca Brasil to renew its fleet with A320neo family airliners.

The first two days of the show saw a new aircraft from Airbus, the A330-300 Regional, as well as a split order from Garuda Indonesia for 60 Boeing aircraft including 30 Dreamliners and 30 Airbus A350 jets, a direct competitor of the Dreamliner.  Airbus received orders for over 110 A320 family airlines and Boeing’s order book was fattened by orders for 140 737 Max planes.

Brazil’s Embraer, a manufacturer of regional jets, said it had received orders for more than 100 aircraft.

The Paris Air Show is the world’s oldest air show, having been established in 1909. It is held every two years at Le Bourget Airport in Paris

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