Boeing 777 Qatar

Qatar Airways has ordered 10 Boeing 777-8Xs and four 777 Freighters, valued at US$4.8 billion at list prices. “Acquiring technologically advanced airplanes, such as the 777X, is integral to our expansion strategy,” said Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker. “With the addition of these 777-8Xs to the 50 777-9Xs already on order, we are confident of continuing the tremendous legacy of the 777.” These aircraft, which are in addition to the 50 777-9Xs Qatar already has on order, take Boeing’s total orders and commitments for the type to 320. The 777 Freighter order “underpins the value that this airplane has also brought to our rapidly growing cargo operations. Qatar Airways Cargo is an integral part of the Qatar Airways Group and we look forward to enhancing the existing fleet with next-generation aircraft.”

 

A350-900 Garuda

Garuda Indonesia signed a letter of intent at the show to purchase 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and up to 30 737 MAX 8s. Garuda president and CEO Arif Wibowo said the agreement is part of the Indonesian flag carrier’s revitalization program. “The 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX are extraordinary airplanes with exceptional economics that will keep us competitive and bring a new level of service excellence for our customers.” Garuda reconfirmed its intent to purchase 50 737 MAX 8s, originally announced in October 2014. The airline currently operates more than 90 Boeing aircraft, including Next-Generation versions of the 737, 777-300ERs and 747-400s. Garuda also signed a letter of intent with Airbus to purchase 30 A350 XWBs with which it plans to develop its medium and long haul networks, with the aircraft capable of flying nonstop from Jakarta or Bali to Europe

 

A320neo GECAS

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced a firm order for 60 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. All will be powered by CFM’s LEAP-1A engines. CFM valued the engine order at US$1.77 billion at current list prices. The agreement was jointly announced here yesterday by GECAS president and CEO Norman C.T. Liu and Airbus COO, customers, John Leahy. This latest order brings the total number of A320neos ordered by GECAS to 120.

 

A330-300 Regional Saudi Arabian

Saudi Arabian Airlines has become launch customer for the A330-300 Regional with a firm order for 20 of the aircraft plus a firm order for 20 A320ceos. The carrier currently operates 12 A330-200s and 50 A320 family aircraft. It is growing its domestic and regional network, and the new A330-300 Regional, with capacity for up to 400 passengers on ranges up to 3,000 nm., is optimized for shorter-haul domestic and regional routes where greater capacity is needed. It will have a reduced operational weight of around 200 tonnes, reducing fuel burn and offering savings of up to 15% compared to current variants

 

Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss International Air Lines, which had 30 Bombardier CS100s on order under a purchase agreement signed by Lufthansa in 2009, has swapped 10 of them for CS300s and may change some, or all, of the 10 CS100s due for delivery in 2018 to the larger variant. Swiss CEO Harry Hohmeister said here Monday, “We have time till the end of 2016 to decide,” adding, “With both versions of the new CSeries family of aircraft in our ranks, we can be highly flexible in tailoring capacity to demand on our European routes.” The Zurich-based airline plans to take delivery of 10 CS100s in 2016, 10 CS300s in 2017 and 10 CS100s or CS300s in 2018.They will gradually replace the carrier’s fleet of Avro RJ100s.

 

WestJet Q400

WestJet Encore has converted six Bombardier Q400 options to firm orders. Encore, the turboprop-operating subsidiary of Calgary-based low-cost carrier WestJet, currently flies 21 Q400s to 24 destinations across Canada, linking smaller markets with each other as well as small markets to Canada’s largest hubs. The five firmed options signed Monday at the Paris Air Show, plus one firmed option signed in March and announced Monday, bring to 36 the number of Q400s Encore has on firm order. Final delivery is expected in late 2017. It also has nine more options. Encore will take delivery of Bombardier 500th production Q400 later this month.
 

Yakutia Airline

Russia’s Yakutia Airline signed an order at the show with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. for three additional Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017. The aircraft will be configured in a 93-seat layout (eight in business and 85 in economy). The companies have not disclosed the order value, but pointed out that the contract is based on the Russian ruble. Yakutia director general Olga Fedorova said, “After more than two years of SSJ100 service in extreme climate conditions of the northern region…Yakutia Airline management and specialists recognize the SSJ100 as a promising aircraft to develop the airline’s fleet.”