Boeing, Airbus jet sales soar as Farnborough Airshow winds down

Marco Green
July 21, 2018

Earlier, Boeing Commercial Airplanes committed to deploying a series of strategic partnership programmes to develop modern aviation service ecology in Việt Nam, including maintenance, fix and overhaul (MRO) and training for pilots, technicians and engineers to enhance the management and automation capabilities of airlines in Việt Nam and the country's aviation industry as a whole.

Airbus and AirAsia declined to comment.

Airbus blamed the reticence of many of this week's customers on trade tensions which had made some companies nervous about appearing to side with the United States or other economic powers in a growing global trade battle. The move comes just one day after the carrier placed an order for Boeing 737s.

The order, valued at $2.34 billion at list prices, raises ACG's 737 MAX direct-buy order quantity to 100.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the first order for 80 aircraft came from China's ICBC Leasing.

Airbus meanwhile won a provisional order for 10 A320neo jets from SaudiGulf, industry sources said.

An Avolon spokesman said: "We are in constant dialogue with [manufacturers] and when we have an order to announce we will do that".

Airbus is now tackling payment delays from HNA Group which led to a backlog of undelivered wide-body A330 jets, first reported by Reuters last week.

Avolon CEO Domhnal Slattery said this week those measures were working smoothly, but did not discuss order plans.

Planemakers often strike deals during the year with customers without disclosing their identity, especially in countries like China with complex government approval processes.

As usual, the competition between rivals Airbus and Boeing is once again a top commercial aviation storyline at the biennial show, which alternates yearly with a sister show near Paris.

"Air show? It was more of a UFO show this year", one senior delegate said.

People familiar with the matter said AirAsia was expected to reconfirm an order for 66 of the upgraded wide-body A330neo, which it had threatened to cancel in favour of Boeing's 787 in a rift between Airbus and its largest Asian customer.

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