More than 1400 aircraft ordered during Farnborough Airshow 2018

Boeing and Embraer announced a stronger strategic partnership during a press conference at Farnborough Airshow. Photo: © Jakob Wert / IFN

More than 1400 commercial aircraft were ordered during Farnborough Airshow 2018 in England last week.

Farnborough International says all orders combined are worth US $154 billion, plus $22 billion for engines.

The airshow went from Monday (16 July) to Sunday (22 July). Aircraft orders were announced from Monday to Thursday.

Airbus booked a total of 431 orders for its airplane families, most of them for the highly popular A320 & A320neo series. But the Airbus orders also include a commitment by US start-up airline Moxy Airways for 60 A220, formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries. Airbus took over just more than 50% of the programme earlier this month.

A220-300, now in Airbus’ colors – but still registered in Canada, at Farnborough Airshow. Photo: © Jakob Wert

The struggling A330neo has received a good number of orders as well. Long haul low-cost carrier (LCC) Air Asia X is behind 34 of the 42 total orders for this aircraft type during Farnborough Airshow.

Boeing claims 673 orders, including 564 for the 737 MAX and 52 for the 787 Dreamliner, from the airshow, though many of them have already been announced before. Only around 530 aircraft are actual new orders & commitments. A major Boeing order was signed by Vietnamese LCC VietJet for 100 more 737 MAX aircraft. The airline also ordered 50 additional Airbus A321neo.

Boeing displayed the first 737 MAX 7 test aircraft (N7201S) at Farnborough Airshow 2018. Photo: © Jakob Wert

Brazilian regional aircraft manufacturer Embraer has received exactly 300 total orders, from eight different customers last week. Republic Airways signed a commitment for 100 E175, plus 100 options on Wednesday (July 18). One of the largest regional aircraft orders ever.

Boeing and Embraer announced a strong strategic partnership and a merger of the commercial passenger and military aircraft sections. This essentially means that Boeing will soon be responsible for sales and construction of Embraer aircraft. But there are currently no plans to rename Embraer aircraft (like Airbus did with the CSeries), once the deal is finalised. “The Embraer brand is strong and we want to continue to built on that“, Boeing CEO Dennis A. Muilenburg said during a press conference on Monday (16 July) at Farnborough Airshow.

For the first time, Mitsubishi displayed its new, not yet delivered, MRJ90 (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) at an airshow. The Japanese company did however not announce any new orders during the trade days in Farnborough.
We don’t time our customer’s order announcements with events like airshows“, a Mitsubishi representative told IFN.

A small incident occurred after the MRJ’s flight display on Monday (July 16), when a ground vehicle from Farnborough Airshow damaged the nose of the aircraft wearing an ANA livery. The aircraft was repaired and able to fly again on Wednesday.

ATR, the turboprop aircraft manufacturer, 50% owned by each Airbus and Leonardo, received a few orders from smaller regional airlines. Seven (+1 option) aircraft commitments were signed during Farnborough Airshow. But the company did announce more orders in the week before the major aviation event.

Uganda National Airlines was the only airline ordering aircraft from Canadian Bombardier at this year’s airshow. The companies signed a firm order for four CRJ-900 regional jets.

International Flight Network (IFN) editor Jakob Wert was reporting from Farnborough Airshow 2018. You can find live-posts from the airshow on our Twitter page.

Editor’s note: The author Jakob Wert, who is the sole copyright holder of this content, also co-published this article on another news website.