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Boeing Marketing Vice President Randy Baseler told Show News, a sister publication to Aviation Week & Space Technology, that sales of the A380 have "stalled out," and orders will slow down dramatically as airlines switch to point-to-point services and order more small aircraft.
For his part, Airbus President Noel Forgeard magnanimously congratulated his colleagues at Boeing for selling so many 787s, adding, "We hope they enjoy it, because it's over."
*Qatar Airways signed commitments for 60 A350s, giving Airbus' response to the A380 a healthy start. The aircraft will arrive in a mix of standard A350-800s and stretch -900s, with the first -800s arriving in 2010. Airbus is to announce its official launch of the A380 in September.
*Alafco, a Kuwait-based leasing company, said it will take 12 A350s, with options for six. First delivery is in 2012.
*GE Commercial Aviation Services (Gecas) said it will order 10 A350-800s with options to convert to -900s. President/CEO Henry Hubschman said the leasing company hasn't made a commitment yet on the 787.
*Airbus said Jet Airways will be the first in India to operate the A330, purchasing 10 -200/-300s and leasing two more from International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC).
*Boeing said it has reached agreement with Jet Airways to take six 777-200LRs, four 777-300ERs and 10 737-800s, but the contracts have yet to be signed.
*Singapore's Tiger Airways said it will buy eight more A320s to add to the four it already operates.
*Already a major 777-300ER buyer, ILFC said it will take six more and two 777-200ERs, plus 20 737-700/800s.
*Gecas ordered 20 737s and identified itself as the customer of 12 737s ordered last year but not identified.
*Air Europa bought 18 737-800s and took options on 12. It operates 27 -800s and two 737-400s.
*Qatar Airways committed to 20 777s without designating the type.
*Ryanair bought five 737NGs.
*Boeing said Alaska Airlines ordered 35 737-800s with options for 15, and took purchase rights for another 50. Three of the 35 aircraft were on Boeing's order list for an unidentified customer.
*In addition to its five A380s, Kingfisher committed to buying five A350s and five A330-200s.
*Air Sahara will lease two 777-200ERs from ILFC.
*Air Cairo is completing purchase of six A318s.
*Mexico's ABC Aerolineas signed a preliminary agreement to buy 10 A320s with 10 options.
*Brazil's TAM bought 20 A319/A320/A321s and took options on 20. It signed a preliminary agreement for eight A350-900s with seven options.
*Air Caraibes signed a letter of intent for two A330-200s.
Heading into the frenzy of the Paris air show, Boeing held an 81-aircraft order lead over Airbus for the year, welcome news after losing its traditional order-and-delivery leadership to Airbus in 2003 and 2004.
Airbus announced several firm orders at the show, as well as many more intents to purchase aircraft, signaling the gap will close. The most significant order is from Kingfisher Airlines, which became the first A380 customer in the huge Indian growth market (see sidebar).
However, Boeing remains ahead and in 2008 expects to retain the lead in deliveries. Airbus officials are putting a slightly different spin on the situation. Forgeard said first-quarter earnings before interest and tax margins for the European aircraft maker stood at 12.6%, compared to 7.7% for Boeing. Although he acknowledged Airbus won't be able to stay at that level for the year, the company's margin will remain in the double digits, he said.
Originally posted by OYG
like the way the US helps keep GM above water....
I mean you can't say a typical model of a plane is more uncomfortable because the total capacity is greater or smaller ... it's all about how much money the airline puts in it's business... for example service on foreign airlines is very different on what people get on United, Delta, or Northwest... I've done round trips of the pacific annually since the year of my birth... believe me service on american airlines pales in comparison to any of the airlines based in developed Asian countries... Singapore, and JAL are good examples... Singapore had headrest mounted screens in economy class since the early 90s... and the JAL flight attendants...Marvelous eyecandy.... I don't think they even accept applications from people over 30, or people that can't stay well under the weight requirements... I have nothing against fat old people with bad tempers...until they become flight attendants... and the ones I've seen so far in my 21 years in life have always been wearing a united or a northwest uniform... Maybe it's just my luck....
[edit on 24-6-2005 by OYG]
Originally posted by WestPoint23
I don't know about other countries but last yea NBC had a show about the future of airliners here in the US, and it defiantly showed companies in the US switching to smaller more efficient jetliners.
Some of the reasons are oil prices, cost of jet and maintenance, ticket prices and more smaller airports being built all over the US.