Dispelling all speculation of a dull show due to the shadow of Brexit, Farnborough saw attendance from around 100 countries, 80,000 visitors and a record Chinese presence
Considered as the foremost Airshow of the world, Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 witnessed some crazy billions in terms of aircraft deals. Probably for the first time in any Airshow such numbers were discussed. This is when the global aviation industry is coming out of recession. Going by the numbers, one can say that in the near future, aviation industry most certainly, is going to fly very high. According to the show release, “The Farnborough International Airshow 2018 has seen $192 billion in deals, up by $67.5 billion from the previous edition of the Airshow in 2016.” This includes deals of over 1,400 commercial aircraft valued at $154 billion and around 1,432 aero engines for $21.96 billion. The numbers are staggering indeed!
Calling the numbers as a sign of the confidence of the aerospace industry, the Chief Executive of Farnborough International Airshow, Gareth Rogers said, “Going into the airshow, the industry backlog is at a record high, in excess of 14,000 aircraft on the order books. The major deals announced this week demonstrate how confident the aerospace industry is and the role of Farnborough International Airshow as an economic barometer.” “The Farnborough International Airshow continues to be at the epicentre of the aerospace community and we look forward to growing this pivotal role over the next two years as we head towards the Airshow in 2020,” he added.
Dispelling all speculation of a dull show due to Brexit, Farnborough saw attendance from around 100 countries and a record
Chinese presence. This edition witnessed more than 80,000 visitors which was nearly ten per cent more than the previous year. “The Delegations Programme saw major growth up by 20 per cent with a total of 156 civil and military delegations. Military delegations saw a rise of 30 per cent to 133. Overall, 831 meetings took place with 201 companies,” FIA said in a statement. “The airline customer asserted itself with a 163 per cent increase in attendance. Ten airline CEOs attended a roundtable event,” it added.
The Airshow was inaugurated by the British Prime Minister Theresa May along with Gareth Rogers, Chief Executive of Farnborough International. In her inaugural speech, the Brirish Prime Minister said, “This is an incredibly exciting time for aerospace. Not only is there a huge growth potential, but many of the developments taking place have the potential to transform the way we fly.”
The Airshow was attended by 1500 exhibitors from 48 countries and there were 29 country pavilions, six more than in 2016. One of the highlights of the Airshow was the 70 per cent increase in Chinese presence as compared with that in 2016. In terms of display, the visitors got to see 84 aircraft on static display and 34 on flying display. Out of these displays, Mitsubishi MRJ, Airbus A330neo, Airbus A220, Red Bull Air Race, Embraer E190-E2, Embraer KC-390 and Lockheed Martin LM-100J made their debut.
THE LOCKHEED MARTIN LM-100J “FIREHERC”
During the Airshow, the US aerospace major Lockheed Martin, introduced the LM-100J “FireHerc,” a civil-certified firefighting air tanker variant of the medium size airlifter C-130J Super Hercules used by 18 nations across the globe. It is an updated version of the legacy L-100 commercial Hercules freighter. “With the presence of wildfires increasing on a global scale, there is a real-time need to provide more advanced assets to protect our people, communities and the environment,” said George Shultz, Vice President and General Manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. “As a variant of the C-130J Super Hercules, the FireHerc delivers a powerful combination of established performance advantages and innovative technology that will truly change the way we fight and defeat wildfires.”
UNDISCLOSED LESSOR COMMITS TO 80 A320NEO AIRCRAFT
Airbus announced signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a leading global lessor for 80 A320neo family aircraft. The agreement was completed during the Farnborough Airshow 2018. Engine selection for the aircraft will be made at a later date. Featuring the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the efficient A320neo family aircraft incorporate the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver more than 15 per cent saving in fuel consumption and reduction in emission of CO2 from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. There will be 50 per cent reduction in noise levels as well. With more than 6,100 orders by over 100 customers, the A320neo family of airliners have captured some 60 per cent of the market.
KUWAIT’S WATANIYA AIRWAYS TO ADD 25 A320NEO AIRCRAFT
Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya Airways, has confirmed an order for 25 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The order follows an earlier MoU announced at the Airshow in Dubai last year. The firm order was signed during the Farnborough International Airshow by Rakan Al-Tuwaijri, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Falcon Aviation and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. Wataniya Airways resumed operations in July 2017 and cur- rently operates a fleet of four A320 family aircraft serving destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia from its home base in Kuwait.
BOEING, SPARKCOGNITION JOIN HANDS
Boeing and artificial intelligence (AI) technology leader SparkCognition announced their collaboration to deliver unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) solutions which may revolutionise air transport. They will use artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to track unmanned air vehicles in flight and allocate traffic corridors and routes to ensure safe and secure air transportation. Through this collaboration, they will also provide a standardised programming interface to support package delivery, industrial inspection and other commercial applications. Boeing HorizonX Ventures previously invested in SparkCognition to support its development of a cognitive, datadriven analytics platform for the safety, security and reliability of data technology. “By taking a holistic approach that combines Boeing’s strength in technological innovation with new business models and nontraditional partnerships, we are laying the
foundation for the future commercial mobility ecosystem,” said Steve Nordlund, who will lead Boeing NeXt in addition to his role as Vice President of Boeing HorizonX. “Estimated by some analysts at $3 trillion, the urban aerial mobility opportunity will lead to the creation of the largest new market in our lifetimes,” said Amir Husain, founder and CEO of SparkCognition.
BOEING’S MARKET FORECAST
In its annual Commercial Market Outlook (CMO) for commercial airplanes, revealed during the Airshow, Boeing indicated that over the next 20 years, it expects rising passenger traffic and upcoming airplane retirements to drive the need for 42,730 new jets valued at $6.3 trillion. The global airline fleets will also sustain growing demand for commercial aviation services, leading to a total market opportunity of $15 trillion.
The company’s annual forecast include detailed analysis of the dynamic aviation services market recognised as an industry benchmark for global air travel forecasting. The 2018 CMO projects the total number of airplanes increasing by 4.1 per cent over the previous forecast. “For the first time in years, we are seeing economies growing in every region of the world. This synchronised growth is providing greater stimulus for global air travel. We are seeing strong traffic trends not only in the emerging markets of China and India, but also in the mature markets of Europe and North America,” said Randy Tinseth, Vice President of Commercial Marketing for The Boeing Company. “Along with continued traffic expansion, the data shows a big retirement wave approaching as older airplanes are phased out of the global fleet.”
According to fleet data, there are more than 900 airplanes today that are over 25 years old. By the mid 2020’s, more than 500 airplanes a year will reach 25 years of age – double the current rate – fueling the retirement wave. Tinseth said the data explains why 44 per cent of the new airplanes inducted by airlines will be needed to cover replacement alone, while the rest will support future growth.
EMBRAER, HELVETIC AIRWAYS SIGN LETTER OF INTENT
Embraer and Zurich-based Helvetic Airways signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for 12 E190-E2 airliners and purchase rights for a further 12, with conversion rights to the E195-E2. If executed, the deal will be valued at S1.5 billion. The first 12 E190-E2 aircraft will begin replacing Helvetic’s five Fokker 100s and seven E190s, starting in late 2019 and completing in autumn of 2021. The purchase options for a further 12 aircraft (E190-E2 or E195-E2) will enable Helvetic Airways to grow according to market opportunities and demand.
KUWAIT’S WATANIYA AIRWAYS SIGNS A CONTRACT FOR THE E195-E2
In a deal that will see the Middle East’s first E2 operator, Embraer, during the Airshow, signed a firm order for 10 E195-E2 airliners with Kuwaiti airline, Wataniya Airways. The contract also includes follow on order for ten more aircraft. The order has an estimated value of $1.3 billion at current list prices, with all the purchase rights being confirmed. The deliveries will begin in 2020. “It is great to welcome Wataniya Airways to the E-Jets operator family”, said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Wataniya will not only be the first E2 operator in the Middle East, but also the worldwide launch customer of our staggeredseat business class, which will establish a new level of comfort in business class for crossover narrow-body jets.” The airline will configure the E195-E2 in comfortable layout of 118 seats, with 12 in business class and 106 in economy class.
EMBRAER AND REPUBLIC AIRWAYS SIGN LOI
Embraer and Republic Airways, the world’s largest E-Jet operator, announced signing of an LOI for a firm order of 100 E175, with the right to convert to the E175-E2 model and purchase rights for an additional 100 E175 aircraft. If all purchase rights are exercised, the contract would a value of up to $9.3 billion based on current list prices.
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Republic Airways as one of our largest and most valuable customers,” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “With a relationship spanning 20 years,
Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways will be the first E2 operator in the Middle East as also the worldwide launch customer for this airliner
we are immensely honoured to continue being an integral part of their success as they expand their fleet with additional E175s. Republic Airways is a critical component of Embraer’s history and we are absolutely committed to providing a product that appeals to their customers while delivering solutions that increase profitability.”
AGREEMENT BETWEEN BOEING AND GECAS
Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) signed an agreement for 35 additional Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighters (CF) at the Airshow. The deal, which includes 20 firm orders and an option for 15 more, would take the order book of GECAS for Boeing 737-800BCF aircraft from 15 to 50 and enable GECAS to serve the growing express air cargo market. “This order and future commitment with Boeing, reflects the confidence GECAS has in the Boeing 737-800BCF to replace and grow the narrow body freighter mar- ket,” said Richard Greener, Senior Vice President and Manager GECAS Cargo Aircraft Group. “With the total firm and option aircraft commitments now at fifty Boeing 737-800BCFs, GECAS will commit nearly $1.5 billion worth of 737-800s with conversions to the narrow body freighter sector,” he added.
The commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric is the launch customer of the new Boeing 737800BCF. It took delivery of the first converted jet in April and leased it to a Swedish cargo carrier. “The Boeing 737-800BCF is a great example of how Boeing’s Global Services business can extend the life of an airplane with new technology and help operators reduce their operating costs,” said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing for The Boeing Company. “We are delighted that GECAS intends to commit to a big repeat order for the airplane. We look forward to finalising this deal and adding to their worldclass portfolio.”
LEAP ENGINES FOR AVIATION CAPITAL GROUP
CFM International and Aviation Capital Group LLC (ACG) announced the selection of LEAP-1A engines to power 10 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. ACG has also secured the option to purchase 18 additional LEAP-1A engines to power Airbus A320neo family aircraft. This firm engine order is valued at $300 million at list prices. “LEAP technology is delivering some impressive operating economics,” said Khanh T. Tran, CEO of ACG. “The engines in service are providing very high daily utilisation rate and significant fuel burn savings, resulting in enhanced value for our airline customers.” In addition, the two sides also announced an order for LEAP-1B engines to power 20 additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. CFM values the order at $528 million at list prices. “We are pleased by what we have seen of the LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX in commercial service,” said Khanh T. Tran, CEO of ACG. “Our customers like this airplane and it is proving to be a very good investment for ACG.”
AIRBUS A220-300 AIRCRAFT FOR FUTURE US AIRLINE
A new US airline start-up announced a commitment for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with deliveries beginning in 2021. The Memorandum of Understanding was revealed at the Farnborough Air Show. This new airline is backed up by a group of experienced investors led by David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue, investor in TAP in Portugal and controlling shareholder in Azul airlines in Brazil. “After years of US airline consolidation, the conditions are improving for a new generation of US airlines to emerge, focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” said David Neeleman, majority investor in the new venture. “The Airbus A220 will enable us to serve thinner routes in comfort without compromising cost, especially on longer-range missions. With deliveries starting in 2021, we will have ample time to assemble a world-class management team and another winning business model.” “This decision by the startup US airline for the Airbus A220 as the platform on which to launch their new business model, is a testament to the passenger appeal and operating economics of this outstanding aircraft,” said Eric Schulz, Chief Commercial Officer for Airbus. “This commitment confirms the important
The new Global Services Forecast by Airbus predicts a $4.6 trillion worldwide market for commercial aircraft services in the period 2018 to 2037
AIRCRAFT LEASING COMPANY HI FLY OPENED A NEW CHAPTER IN A380 OPERATIONS BY OFFERING THE VERY LARGE AIRBUS JETLINER ON WET LEASE WITH THE AIRCRAFT PROVIDED TO USERS WITH CREW, MAINTENANCE AND INSURANCE; THIS A380 WAS FLOWN TO UK FOR DISPLAY AT FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW 2018
(TOP) BOEING, VISTARA CONFIRM AGREEMENT FOR UP TO TEN787 DREAMLINERS AT FIA 2018; (ABOVE) E190-E2 SHARK PROFIT HUNTER AIR DISPLAY AT FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW 2018
(TOP) DASSAULT FALCON 900LX DISPLAY AT FIA 2018; (ABOVE) LEAP-1B- EXCLUSIVE POWERPLANT FOR THE BOEING 737 MAX
(TOP) A330-900NEO; (ABOVE) BOEING 737 MAX 8