First-quarter deliveries for Boeing Commercial Airplanes rose 5.2 percent from a year earlier, to 121 airliners, the company announced today. Despite registering four more cancellations than new orders in the first three months, the period proved more lucrative than analysts predicted. Aircraft manufacturers get paid the majority of the purchase price of each airplane at the point of delivery.
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Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000 Advantage70 engine this week completed its first flight aboard an Air Comet A330-200 in Toulouse, France, the company announced yesterday. The first Advantage70 flight marks the beginning of a flight-test program scheduled to continue through early next month.
Airbus continued to register a negative sales tally this year as the company booked orders for just a pair of A380s from Korean Air while it saw cancellations of a single A319 and an A320, both from Dutch-Kuwaiti leasing alliance AerVenture, during February.
A firm order announced on February 27 for six A330-200s from Korean Air helped ease the sting of an exceedingly sluggish sales year so far for Airbus, but it didn’t erase the considerable pressure felt by both of the Western world’s major OEMs to deliver on promises to maintain production rates, as analysts and suppliers closely monitor how each react to a growing list of delivery deferrals. In fact, until the latest Korean Air order, both co
Airbus logged the sale of the 200th A380 with a firm order from Korean Air Lines for another two of the double-decker transports, the manufacturer announced today. This latest deal brings the total number of A380s ordered by Korean Air to 10. The carrier plans to operate the aircraft in a three-class layout on routes linking Seoul to destinations in North America and Europe, including Los Angeles, New York and Paris.
Airbus set a new record for itself last year by delivering 483 aircraft–30 more than it shipped in 2007, the Toulouse-based company announced today. Last year’s delivery tally for Airbus also beat Boeing’s total by 108 units. The U.S. airframer’s total suffered directly from a two-month strike by machinists that resulted in a decline in deliveries from 441 in 2007 to 375 last year.
VirginBlue has postponed the launch of its planned V Australia trans-Pacific services, scheduled for December 15, until at least February 28, because the machinists strike at Boeing will delay delivery of the first 777-300ER slated to perform the service.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Capital plans to acquire ten Boeing 747-8Fs and eight 777Fs from Emirates Airline in a split purchase and leaseback agreement that will increase its lease portfolio to 49 aircraft. DAE Capital has 200 Airbus and Boeing aircraft on order for delivery during 2010-13
Despite a slowing economy that is diminishing the rate of orders for some business jet manufacturers, delivery rates for many other manufacturers are holding firm. For example, Boeing reports that it delivered eight Boeing Business Jets in the first half of this year, the same number it delivered in the first half of last year. Since being introduced in 1996, 36 BBJs have entered service.
Boeing signaled its new resolve to target regional airline applications for its 100-seat 717-200 by putting an aircraft on static display at Salzburg Airport during the ERA assembly. This followed the U.S. airframer’s debut appearance at the annual ERA gathering in Athens, Greece, last year.