Both and completed deals and gained new commitments for the , 777 and 787, signaling that the global financial turmoil is not preventing airlines from expanding their fleets.
The European manufacture’s total was boosted by an Air Lease Corp. deal for 36 A320NEOs and a single current model A320, and the finalization byof its plans 100 Airbus narrowbodies. With these orders, the NEO order book grows to 1,425 units, roughly 1,000 more than rival Boeing has secured for its 737-8 MAX, albeit with considerably more time to sell.
Norwegian has yet to announce an engine for its NEOs, which can be powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW110G and the-1A; the 737 MAX is only offered with the Leap-1B.
Norwegian expects to start taking delivery of the NEO in 2016 and the MAX in 2017. For Boeing, Pakistan International Airlines’ order for fiveand an unidentified customer’s order for one of the big widebodies lifted the Seattle manufacturer’s total for the year to 15 large jets and raised the company’s gross order intake to 453 as of June 5. However, Boeing’s widebody sales successes—a combined 38 for its 767, 777 and 787 families—have been offset by 31 cancellations, including six 777s and 25 .
After these totals were announced, Lion Air said it intends to buy five 787-8s. If that deal were consummated today, Boeing would still be down one 787 order for the year. With Lion Air, it would have 24 new orders against the 25 cancellations.
So for, Boeing’s greatest strength is the 415 orders written for the 737 family against two cancellations. The orders count both the Next Generation and MAX families.
Counting the offsetting cancellations, Boeing’s net order intake for the first five months of the year is 420 aircraft.