Con­tin­u­ing on this win­ning note, the or­gan­is­ers an­nounced that the 53rd In­ter­na­tional Paris-Le Bour­get Air Show, the world’s big­gest aerospace fair, will be held from June 17-23, 2019

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THOUGH THE NUM­BER OF vis­i­tors to the iconic air show of the world at Le Bour­get Air Show, bet­ter known as Paris Air Show, saw an eight per cent drop, what grabbed head­lines were the as­tound­ing deals that were struck, to­tal­ing over $150 bil­lion. There were 897 or­ders and pur­chas­ing com­mit­ments for a cat­a­logue value of $115 bil­lion for a to­tal of 934 commercial air­craft set­ting a new record for or­ders.

The Chair­man and CEO of Paris Air Show, Emeric d’Arci­moles, de­clared “This 52nd Paris — Le Bour­get Air Show was a re­mark­able suc­cess with a record num­ber of ex­hibitors and $150 bil­lion worth of or­ders an­nounced, de­spite the slight drop in the num­ber of vis­i­tors. The im­pres­sive demon­stra­tion flights of Das­sault Aviation’s Fal­con 8X, the pre­sen­ta­tions of the A380 by the French aer­o­batic demon­stra­tion team, the Pa­trouille de France, the Air­bus A3501000 and A400M and other air­craft de­lighted the French Pres­i­dent as well as the public from the first to the last day of the show.”

While the or­gan­is­ers stated that it was a suc­cess for in­no­va­tion, they also gave out en­cour­ag­ing num­bers: Ex­hibitors - 2381 ex­hibitors (three per cent more than in 2015) from 48 coun­tries (the same as in 2015); trade vis­i­tors-1,42,000 (six per cent fewer than in 2015); gen­eral public-1,80,000 vis­i­tors (ten per cent fewer than in 2015). The slight drop in the num­ber of trade vis­i­tors can be as­cribed to a num­ber of ex­hibitors’ bud­get re­stric­tions. The drop in gen­eral public at­ten­dance may be ex­plained partly by the height­ened se­cu­rity measures and the heat wave, the state­ment said. There were 27 na­tional pavil­ions and 140 air­craft on dis­play, both static and aerial.Th­ese in­cluded the Air­bus A321­neo, Air­bus A350-1000, Boe­ing B787-10, Boe­ing B737 MAX 9, Mit­subishi MRJ90, at Le Bour­get for the first time. Das­sault Aviation’s Fal­con 8X, the Air­bus A380 and A400M, the Air­bus Tiger and NH90 Caiman he­li­copters were pop­u­lar with the public. There were 290 of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tions from 98 coun­tries and seven in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing 160 of­fi­cial de­fence del­e­ga­tions from 86 coun­tries and four or­gan­i­sa­tions (NATO, the UN, OCCAR and the EU).

BIG BOYS MAKE NOISE. Del­e­ga­tions apart, Paris Air Show is a bat­tle­ground for many air­framers. For the aviation com­pa­nies, Paris con­tin­ues to be a good hunt­ing ground, par­tic­u­larly for the big two play­ers – Air­bus and Boe­ing – who rat­tle their sabres here, be­sides Embraer, Bom­bardier and other emerg­ing play­ers from China, Ja­pan, knock­ing on their doors.

BOE­ING TAKES COMMANDING LEAD OVER RIVAL. Boe­ing strength­ened its mar­ket po­si­tion with im­por­tant an­nounce­ments and multi-bil­lion dol­lar or­ders and com­mit­ments for commercial airplanes and commercial and de­fence ser­vices at the Show. The com­pany launched the 737 MAX 10, the new­est mem­ber of the 737 MAX fam­ily, with more than 361 or­ders and com­mit­ments from 16 cus­tomers world­wide. This wide mar­ket ac­cep­tance en­dorsed the 737 MAX 10 as the in­dus­try’s most ef­fi­cient and prof­itable sin­gle-aisle air­plane. Commercial cus­tomers an­nounced in­cre­men­tal or­ders and com­mit­ments dur­ing the week for a to­tal of 571 Boe­ing airplanes, val­ued at $74.6 bil­lion at list prices.

Boe­ing re­vealed its 2017 Cur­rent Mar­ket Out­look, rais­ing its 20-year out­look to more than 41,000 new airplanes, val­ued at $6.1 tril­lion. Boe­ing also fore­casts sig­nif­i­cant growth in the Aerospace Ser­vices Mar­ket, pro­ject­ing $2.6 tril­lion de­mand in commercial and govern­ment ser­vices for the next ten years. Boe­ing con­firmed its new Global Ser­vices busi­ness re­mains on track to be up and run­ning next month. Stand­ing up a global ser­vices busi­ness will sharpen the com­pany’s fo­cus and ac­cel­er­ate its ca­pa­bil­i­ties ex­pan­sion. Boe­ing Global Ser­vices an­nounced multi-year ser­vices agree­ments val­ued at $6 bil­lion dur­ing the Show. The an­nounce­ments in­cluded: Commercial Ser­vices: UPS or­dered three 767 Boe­ing Con­verted Freighters; Monarch se­lected Boe­ing’s Global Fleet Care ( for­merly GoldCare) and flight train­ing ser­vices for its en­tire 737 MAX fleet and Nor­we­gian se­lected Boe­ing to pro­vide all its flight train­ing re­quire­ments across its Boe­ing fleet. Govern­ment Ser­vices: Rolls-Royce reached a parts and sales dis­tri­bu­tion agree­ment with Aviall for sup­port of its global fleet of AE de­fence engines; the In­dian Navy chose Boe­ing to sup­port its fleet of P-8I mar­itime pa­trol air­craft and the US De­fence Lo­gis­tics Agency signed a con­tract with Boe­ing to sup­port its F-15 fleet.

Air­plane De­vel­op­ment Vice Pres­i­dent Michael De­laney laid out the de­lib­er­ate, dis­ci­plined and driven ap­proach Boe­ing Commercial Airplanes is fol­low­ing with ex­e­cu­tion on the MAX, 78710 and 777X de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes and the study of how to op­ti­mally address the mid­dle of the mar­ket in the next decade. Look­ing fur­ther into the fu­ture Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Sin­nett ex­plored the pos­si­bil­i­ties for ad­vanc­ing au­ton­o­mous tech­nol­ogy to help en­hance safety, de­ci­sion-mak­ing and traf­fic man­age­ment in the face of con­tin­ued pro­jected growth in air trans­porta­tion. Boe­ing also an­nounced the launch of Boe­ing An­a­lytX, which has brought to­gether more than 800 an­a­lyt­ics ex­perts from across the com­pany fo­cused on trans­form­ing data into ac­tion­able in­sights and cus­tomer so­lu­tions. Five cus­tomer agree­ments were an­nounced to pro­vide so­lu­tions pow­ered by Boe­ing An­a­lytX. The Boe­ing 737 MAX 9 starred in the daily fly­ing dis­play while the 787-10 Dream­liner, P-8A, V-22, AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chi­nook were fea­tured in the static dis­play.

AIR­BUS NOTCHES UP NEARLY $40 BIL­LION BUSI­NESS. Pro­vid­ing strong ev­i­dence that the commercial air­craft mar­ket re­mains healthy, Air­bus an­nounced $39.7 bil­lion worth of new busi­ness dur­ing the 2017 Paris Air Show. The com­pany won com­mit­ments for a to­tal of 326 air­craft, in­clud­ing firm or­ders for 144 worth $18.5 bil­lion and MoUs for 182 air­craft worth $21.2 bil­lion. A320 Fam­ily air­craft sales and com­mit­ments were ro­bust, with busi­ness ac­count­ing for a to­tal of 306 air­craft worth $33.8 bil­lion. This to­tal com­prises 132 firm or­ders worth $14.7 bil­lion, and MoUs for 174 air­craft worth 19.1 bil­lion. In the Wide-body seg­ment, Air­bus won busi­ness for 20 air­craft worth $5.9 bil­lion, com­pris­ing 12 firm or­ders worth $3.6 bil­lion and MoUs for eight air­craft worth 2.3 bil­lion.

John Leahy, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Cus­tomers, Air­bus Commercial Air­craft said: “Our commercial suc­cess this week at Paris ex­tends our al­ready di­ver­si­fied or­der back­log to a new in­dus­try record of over 6,800 air­craft, with 326 or­ders worth $40 bil­lion.” Fur­ther to the new or­ders, the show also saw a re­peat or­der from DHL Ex­press for four more A330-300 Pas­sen­ger-to-Freighter con­ver­sions, in part­ner­ship with EFW and ST Aerospace.

Air­bus not only marked a solid sales tally but also ex­tended its value of­fer­ing at both ends of its commercial prod­uct port­fo­lio. In the Sin­gle-Aisle fam­ily, Air­bus de­cided to of­fer the Airspace Cabin brand which, on the A320, in­cludes the big­gest over­head bin in its class. For the A380, Air­bus has in­creased rev­enue-earn­ing po­ten­tial with even bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency, thanks to en­hanced large winglets, greater cabin ca­pac­ity and a new higher take-off weight ca­pa­bil­ity to in­crease its pay­load-range.

In ad­di­tion, Air­bus week launched a new open aviation data plat­form called Sky­wise to sup­port the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the in­dus­try and add value for our cus­tomers’ op­er­a­tions. Sky­wise

com­bines Air­bus’ aerospace ex­per­tise with ad­vanced data an­a­lyt­ics so­lu­tion pro­vided by Palan­tir Tech­nolo­gies.

EMBRAER’S ‘PROFIT HUNTER’ GETS AT­TEN­TION. Among the debu­tants here was the Embraer E195-E2, the new­est mem­ber of the Brazil­ian firm’s fam­ily of re­gional jets. John Slat­tery, Pres­i­dent & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, said that it’s the big­gest plane Embraer has ever built and he ex­pects air­lines will recog­nise its value. “It is very cheap to op­er­ate, it is very light and we be­lieve air­lines will be able to gen­er­ate ex­tra rev­enue and that’s why we’ve called it the profit hunter.”

Embraer’s E195-E2 made its first in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance in Paris decked out in a Golden Ea­gle liv­ery to drive home the point that it is a ‘profit hunter’. “We’ve ex­tended it by three rows and we’ve im­proved the range by 600 nau­ti­cal miles to 2,600.” Slat­tery was con­fi­dent that the new of­fer­ing would steadily add to its 70-strong ex­ist­ing cus­tomer base. “We are going to in­tro­duce new cus­tomers to the Embraer E-jet fam­ily. There will be low-cost car­ri­ers as well as tra­di­tional flag car­ri­ers, so we are broad­en­ing our op­er­a­tional fran­chise.”

“We have a broad fran­chise foot­print in con­ti­nen­tal Europe and North Amer­ica which ac­count for most of our busi­ness. We ex­pect to see sales of about 6,500 units over the next 20 years,” said Slat­tery. The E2 fam­ily of air­craft are pow­ered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW1900G and use cock­pit tech­nol­ogy from Honeywell Aerospace. The E195-E2 which can be con­fig­ured to 144 seats, is ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice in 2019.

At the Show, Ja­pan’s Fuji Dream Air­lines or­dered up to six E175s which is in­cluded in Embraer’s 2017 sec­ond quar­ter back­log. Be­sides, FDA has also ex­tended the agree­ment for Embraer’s Flight Hour Pro­gramme (Pool) for up to eight years. Sim­i­larly, Ja­pan Air­lines made an or­der for an ad­di­tion E190 fol­low­ing one year of E190 op­er­a­tions in Ja­pan. AIR cur­rently op­er­ates seven E190s and 17 E170s – 24 E-Jets in to­tal, with an ad­di­tional eight E-Jets on back­log. KLM Ci­ty­hop­per or­dered two ad­di­tional E190s which will join the ex­ist­ing 30 E190s and nine E175s fly­ing with KLM Ci­ty­hop­per. De­liv­er­ies for the newly or­dered air­craft are sched­uled for 2018. When KLM Ci­ty­hop­per’s move to an all Embraer fleet is com­plete, the air­line will have 49 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe con­sist­ing of 32 E190s and 17 E175s. The na­tional car­rier of Be­larus, Belavia ac­quired two ad­di­tional E-Jets: one E175 and one E195. The air­craft will join the four Embraer jets al­ready op­er­ated by Belavia — two E195s and two E175s. The ac­qui­si­tion is an es­sen­tial part of Belavia’s fleet re­newal ini­tia­tive, a core pri­or­ity in the air­line’s busi­ness strat­egy. Embraer also an­nounced firm or­ders and com­mit­ments for the E2 fam­ily from two undis­closed cus­tomers.

Th­ese con­sist of ten E195-E2’s, with an ad­di­tional ten pur­chase rights for the E190-E2. Also, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Mar­ket Out­look, Embraer projects a steady mar­ket de­mand for 6,400 new jets in the 70-130+ seat ca­pac­ity cat­e­gory (2,280 units in the 70-90 seat seg­ment and 4,120 units in the 90-130+ seat seg­ment), worth $300 bil­lion, by 2036. The 70-130+ seat jet world fleet-in-ser­vice will in­crease from 2,700 air­craft in 2016 to 6,710 by 2036, the fastest grow­ing seg­ment among all air­craft seat ca­pac­i­ties. Mar­ket growth will drive 63 per cent of to­tal de­mand and the re­main­ing 37 per cent will be de­liv­ered to re­place age­ing air­craft

De­mon­strat­ing the com­pany’s unique po­si­tion within the commercial, de­fence and ex­ec­u­tive air­craft mar­kets, three Embraer air­craft were at the Show. This was Embraer’s largest pres­ence at a ma­jor air show bring­ing to­gether a static dis­play that show­cased the new E195-E2, the largest mem­ber of the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of Embraer’s fam­ily of commercial jets, the mul­ti­mis­sion trans­port and aerial re­fu­el­ing air­craft KC-390 and the state-of-the-art mid-light busi­ness jet Le­gacy 450, a re­mark­able union of tech­nol­ogy and de­sign air­craft that flies faster and far­ther than any other jets in its class. The ac­claimed run­way leg­end ERJ 145 was also on static dis­play.

ATR BE­GINS 2017 ON A GOOD NOTE. ATR has re­ceived com­mit­ments for the pur­chase of 89 air­craft and op­tions for 20 ad­di­tional ones since the be­gin­ning of the year. Th­ese commercial re­sults have en­abled the re­gional tur­bo­prop man­u­fac­turer to achieve, in less than six months, a book-to-bill ra­tio in ex­cess of one.


At the Paris Air Show, ATR an­nounced new deals that will en­able both ATR 42-600s and ATR 72-600s to de­velop new mar­kets in China and Africa in par­tic­u­lar. It an­nounced two ad­di­tional or­ders: one ATR 72-600 from Swe­den’s BRA, which brings the air­lines’ ATR 72-600 fleet to ten air­craft and one ATR 72-600 from Air Tahiti, a long-stand­ing part­ner that has been op­er­at­ing ATRs for three decades. In to­tal, five new deals were an­nounced.

Ear­lier this year, ATR signed a deal for 50 ATR 72-600s with the In­dian car­rier IndiGo, along with or­ders for 20 ATR 72-600s and 20 op­tions with Iran’s na­tional flag car­rier, Iran Air. Since Jan­uary, five cus­tomers have pur­chased ATRs for the first time, thus fur­ther strength­en­ing ATR’s lead­ing po­si­tion and at­trac­tive­ness among car­ri­ers op­er­at­ing in the re­gional sec­tor.

The 89 or­ders booked since the be­gin­ning of the year are val­ued at over $2.3 bil­lion. As of to­day, ATR has a back­log of over 250 air­craft, cor­re­spond­ing to pro­duc­tion for about three years. Chris­tian Scherer, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of ATR, de­clared: “The level of sales we have booked in less than six months re­flects a pos­i­tive evo­lu­tion in the mar­ket and that the ATR air­craft are the op­ti­mal choice to open new routes at the low­est op­er­at­ing costs for air­lines. No mat­ter where there is po­ten­tial for re­gional connectivity, our air­craft pro­vide the best so­lu­tion at the lower risks. Re­gional com­mu­ni­ties in China, In­dia, Iran or Sene­gal are about to ex­pe­ri­ence what the brand new ATR -600s can bring not only in terms of pas­sen­ger com­fort, but also in terms of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment”

PRATT & WHITNEY GETS EX­TENDED RANGE ELIGIBILITY. Pratt & Whitney an­nounced the grant of 180-minute Ex­tended Range Op­er­a­tions (ETOPS) eligibility for its PurePower PW w-JM en­gine by the Euro­pean Aviation Safety Agency. “This is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for both the Pratt & Whitney team and the PurePower en­gine fam­ily. This 180 minute ETOPs clas­si­fi­ca­tion is the max­i­mum re­quired in its class,” said Chris Calio, Pres­i­dent, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. The US Fed­eral Aviation Ad­min­is­tra­tion had ap­proved ETOPs for the en­gine in De­cem­ber 2016. ETOPS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sets the max­i­mum al­lowed amount of sin­gle-en­gine fly­ing time that an air­craft can be from the near­est suit­able airport. The PW1100G-JM en­gine pow­ers the A320neo.

BOM­BARDIER SIGNS UP SPICEJET. Bom­bardier Commercial Air­craft has signed a let­ter of in­tent (LOI) with In­dian low-cost car­rier SpiceJet for up to 50 Q400 tur­bo­prop air­lin­ers. The LOI in­cludes 25 Q400 tur­bo­props and pur­chase rights on an ad­di­tional 25 air­craft. Based on the Q400 tur­bo­prop list prices, the or­der could be val­ued at $ 1.7 bil­lion. “When fi­nalised, the re­peat or­der will in­crease the Q400 air­craft fleet in the fast­grow­ing mar­ket in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion and will launch the high-den­sity 86-pas­sen­ger model of the Q400 air­craft in In­dia,” said Fred Cromer, Pres­i­dent, Bom­bardier Commercial Air­craft.

“This is also com­pelling ev­i­dence that the de­mand for tur­bo­prop air­craft is healthy in short-to medium-haul mar­kets that can’t eco­nom­i­cally sup­port jets that are more ex­pen­sive to op­er­ate.” “SpiceJet op­er­ates In­dia’s largest re­gional fleet and is the only or­gan­ised op­er­a­tor in this space,” said Ajay Singh, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, SpiceJet. “The ac­qui­si­tion will help us fur­ther in­crease connectivity to smaller towns and cities and help re­alise Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s vi­sion of en­sur­ing that ev­ery In­dian can fly.”

“The Q400 is the largest tur­bo­prop air­craft avail­able on the mar­ket and the 86-seat con­fig­u­ra­tion will sup­port SpiceJet de­velop its do­mes­tic op­er­a­tions from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities across In­dia,” said François Cog­nard, Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales, SouthAsia and Aus­trala­sia. Since 2010, SpiceJet has taken de­liv­ery of 15 Q400 air­craft. The air­line cur­rently op­er­ates 20 Q400 air­craft in a 78-seat con­fig­u­ra­tion to do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion.

MRJ DE­BUT. Mit­subishi Heavy In­dus­tries (MHI) and Mit­subishi Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion brought the third Flight Test Air­craft (FTA-3) of the Mit­subishi Re­gional Jet (MRJ) to Le Bour­get Airport and the new gen­er­a­tion re­gional trans­port was on static dis­play. This was the first trip to Europe for the MRJ. The air­craft con­ducted the ferry flight to Paris from Moses Lake via Win­nipeg and Goose Bay, Canada and Ke­flavik, Ice­land. FTA-3 is in the liv­ery of launch cus­tomer All Nip­pon Airways Co, Ltd (ANA).

“I can’t think of a finer stage on which to present this highly an­tic­i­pated next-gen­er­a­tion air­craft. The Euro­pean de­but of the air­craft is an­other sign of the progress of this pro­gramme,” said Shu­nichi Miyanaga, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Mit­subishi Heavy In­dus­tries.

Yes, Paris is a fine stage for aviation com­pa­nies. De­spite the fewer foot­falls, the or­gan­is­ers were ex­u­ber­ant as the deals made all the dif­fer­ence. Con­tin­u­ing on this win­ning note, they an­nounced that the 53rd In­ter­na­tional Paris — Le Bour­get Air Show, the world’s big­gest aerospace fair, will be held from June 17-23, 2019.

(Top) Dou­ble-deck, wide-body, four-en­gine jet Air­bus A380 and a321 on dis­play at the show; (Above) Ear­lier this year, ATR signed a deal for 50 ATR 72-600 with the in­dian car­rier IndiGo

Star of the Show: Embraer dis­played its E195-E2 as a hunter, the Profit Hunter at the show. The dis­play which was quite a unique de­pic­tion of the air­craft abil­ity, re­ceived spec­tac­u­lar at­ten­tion from the show vis­i­tors.

(Top) Boe­ing 737 MAX 9 on the dis­play; (Above) Mit­subishi Re­gional Jet (MRJ) FTA -3 was on static dis­play at Le Bour­get Airport, Paris

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