Indonesia’s Lion Air on Thursday inked a firm contract for another 27 ATR 72-600s, raising its order total for the new Franco-Italian turboprops to 40 and making it the manufacturer’s largest customer for ATR 72s. Regional subsidiary Wings Air already operates 16 ATR 72-500s and awaits delivery on four more. Deliveries of Lion Air’s first ATR 72-600 will start in November and run into 2015, Wings Air chairman and Lion Air president Pak Ruski Kirana told a packed assemblage of reporters and officials at the ATR stand. ATR places the value of this latest order at $610 million.
Singapore Air Show
Boeing Commercial Aviation Services announced here at the show yesterday that it had rebranded its entire service and support offering as Boeing “Edge.” This will cover material services, fleet service, flight services and information services, said the company.
Kuwait-based lessor Alafco has announced the selection of the CFM Leap-1A engine for the 35 Airbus A320neos that it ordered here at the show on Tuesday. Aircraft delivery is scheduled between 2019 and 2021. For CFM, the deal is valued at $840 million at list prices. Alafco said it planned to grow its portfolio to 100 airplanes “over the next few years.”
Lockheed Martin is offering to reduce the price of the C-130J Hercules by stripping out some of the more expensive systems. The U.S.-built airlifter is facing new competition later this decade, when Embraer’s yet-to-fly KC-390 becomes available.
BOC Aviation has converted four options for V2500 engines to power Airbus A320s. The deal was announced by International Aero Engines yesterday, with the OEM confirming that its turbofans will power the leasing group’s 100th A320 delivery to South African Airways.
BOC, which is a Singapore-based subsidiary of the Bank of China, has so far ordered a total of 24 A320s and has options for another 16.
Gulfstream Aerospace yesterday announced plans to establish a business jet service center in China. Gulfstream Beijing will be a joint venture with Beijing Capital Airlines (Deer Jet) and Grand China Aviation Technik (GCAT) at Beijing Capital International Airport.
Hainan Airlines Group subsidiary Deer Jet is China’s largest business jet charter provider. Its fleet includes 26 Gulfstream aircraft. GCAT, another Hainan subsidiary, offers aircraft repair, maintenance, and overhaul services.
Fokker Services Asia has agreed to join ATR’s maintenance, repair and overhaul network. The company has just opened a new facility in Singapore and will use this to support Southeast Asian operators of ATR’s twin turboprop regional airliners.
ATR has some 250 aircraft operating in the Asia Pacific region and another 80 on order. It is expected to announce more new business from the region at the Singapore Airshow today.
Mitsubishi Aircraft will decide within “a few months” the extent to which a “rescheduling” of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet could affect the timing of first flight of the 92-seat MRJ90, officially still scheduled to occur this year. Speaking at the Singapore Airshow yesterday, the Japanese firm’s director of marketing Yugo Fukuhara confirmed the delay, but would not offer any details about the reasons.
Lockheed Martin agreed at the show this week to forge a teaming agreement with PT CMI Teknologi to pursue the NASRI (National Airspace Surveillance–Republic of Indonesia) program. This NASRI project seeks to greatly enhance the Indonesian military’s ability to maintain air sovereignty over the country’s widely spread territory, which includes 17,000-plus islands.
Garuda Indonesia has become the Asian launch customer for 18 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft valued at a list price of $1.32 billion. The deal is a major boost for the Canadian airframer, which had been struggling to keep production of the 100-seater viable.
The carrier will receive five aircraft this year, a mix of direct buys and leased, with all 18 to be delivered by 2015, CEO Emirsyah Satar said. The aircraft will be in a two-class configuration.
Following the deal, Bombardier has designated GMF Aero Asia as its authorized service center for CRJ 1000s in Asia.