Shining brightly at Le Bourget: Airbus wraps up a successful Paris Air Show

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Airbus’ highly-active 2015 International Paris Air Show underscored the firm endorsement of its comprehensive highly-efficient market-leading product line, which provides unmatched cabin comfort and environmental performance, all backed by the company’s dedication to customer service.

Firm orders and commitments for 421 Airbus aircraft worth more than $57 billion (at list prices) were announced during the week – comprising commercial activity from across its market-leading widebody and single aisle product lines and representing one of its best-ever showings at this biennial aviation gathering.

“We had another very successful Paris Air Show,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ President and Chief Executive Officer, in front of a standing-room only crowd of international journalists at the company’s traditional end-of-show press conference today. “It confirms that the market trend is extremely positive and it confirms that we will achieve – and I hope exceed – our target that we communicated earlier this year, which was to have a book-to-bill ratio of above one.”

Brégier explained that this week’s activity reaffirmed Airbus comprehensive jetliner offering, which is the most modern, comfortable, reliable and efficient range of commercial aircraft available today. “Globally we have never been so strong,” he said. “We have never had such a new family of aircraft in every category.”

Beyond 4,000 for the A320neo

Airbus also announced the singing of a major Memorandum of Understanding today for 110 A321neo aircraft with Wizz Air, the largest low-cost carrier in Eastern and Central Europe.

“The A321 is a superior product in terms of delivering efficiency for our business,” said József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air during a briefing with journalists today. “Wizz Air stands for efficiency, low costs and also choice for customers, and we think the A320 Family best accommodates those aspirations.

This new announcement, along with other commercial activity at this week’s Paris Air Show, brings Airbus’ A320neo Family to more than 4,000 firm orders and commitments since the single-aisle NEO’s launch.

18-inch-wide seats and innovation for unmatched comfort

The success of Airbus’ widebody and single-aisle jetliners at the show underscored the comfortable, flexible and efficient cabin options offered throughout its commercial aircraft. These help Airbus aircraft deliver unrivalled comfort aloft, with superior passenger experiences in all classes of service, including the company’s modern 18-inch-wide seat comfort standard for economy class travellers.

In addition, the company’s drive to create new and better ways to fly means it is applying pioneering technical solutions to continuously improve cabins for passengers and operators alike. A prime example is this week’s agreement with JAMCO for a new aft galley and lavatory module option on the A350 XWB to increase efficiency while maintaining high comfort levels.

Airbus is also utilising other cabin innovations in its various aircraft, including: new door configurations, new classes, bigger stowage bins, latest-generation in-flight entertainment systems and many more.

EcoWay: the path to eco-efficiency

Another cornerstone of Airbus’ market-leading commercial jetliners is the superior environmental performance they offer and the company’s impressive track record of creating more value with lower environmental impact.

Underscoring this commitment is the “EcoWay” – a series of seven stations around the Le Bourget Airport that highlights how Airbus and Airbus Group are reducing the environmental footprint of aviation through eco-innovation, eco-performance and eco-services.

This is an important consideration for Airbus – embedded throughout the lifecycle of its products with the company’s dedication to a sustainable future for aviation and reducing the air transport sector’s environmental footprint.

Services by Airbus

Supporting the operation of its aircraft with a global operator base also is a key priority for Airbus – through the company’s seamless integration of a complete aircraft lifecycle service portfolio to enhance operators’ Airbus fleets with innovative solutions and the most efficient technologies.

Highlighting this focus, are a range of agreements disclosed during the week covering important areas of “Services by Airbus’” six key pillars: Training, Flight Operations; Upgrades; Engineering & Maintenance e-solutions; Material & Supply Chain; and Flight Hours & Tailored Support Package services.

Services by Airbus’ emphasis on these topics allows customers to benefit from a full range of capabilities and expertise from Airbus, its network and ventures, including SATAIR Group, Airbus ProSky and Training by Airbus.

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Airbus fecha U$ 57 bilhões em encomendas de aeronaves no Paris Air Show 2015

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Cortesia: Airbus.

Durante o Paris Air Show 2015, a Airbus fechou acordos no valor de USD 57 bilhões para um total de 421 aeronaves. Os negócios compreendem pedidos firmes para 124 aeronaves no valor USD 16,3 bilhões e compromissos para 297 aviões no valor de USD 40,7 bilhões.

Entre os principais destaques, o A350 XWB continua a atrair novos negócios com compromissos assumidos por 31 A350-900s, reforçando a sua posição de liderança como a aeronave widebody mais avançada e moderna do mundo. Além dos A350 XWB, a companhia fechou acordo para 20 A330s Regional e quatro A330-300s, totalizando 55 pedidos de aeronaves widebody.

Já no mercado de aeronaves de corredor único, a fabricante fechou impressionantes 366 encomendas (compreendendo 103 pedidos firmes e 263 compromissos) no valor de USD 41,4 bilhões. Destes, 323 são para modelos NEO (nova opção de motor), tendo o total de encomendas e compromissos para a Família A320neo ultrapassado quatro mil unidades desde o seu lançamento, em dezembro de 2010.

“Nossas últimas previsões para 32.600 aviões nos próximos 20 anos estão se concretizando. As encomendas e compromissos neste ano no Paris Air Show demonstram três coisas: a Ásia está alimentando o crescimento, somos líderes nos mercados de corredor único e widebody e o nosso A321neo é a aeronave escolhida os para mercados intermediários”, afirma John Leahy, Chief Operating Office da Airbus.

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Airbus wins $57 billion of aircraft orders at Paris Air Show 2015

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During the 2015 Paris Air Show, Airbus won $57 billion worth of business for a total of 421 aircraft. The deals comprise firm orders for 124 aircraft worth $16.3 billion and commitments for 297 aircraft worth $40.7 billion.

In the widebody market, Airbus kicked-off the show with the announcement of the first operator for the new A330 Regional, with Saudi Arabian Airlines taking 20 on lease from IAFC, a leading lessor in the Middle East. The A330 Regional will enable airlines to serve fast-growing domestic and regional routes at least cost and maximum efficiency.

The A350 XWB continues to attract new business with commitments for 31 A350-900s, reinforcing its leading position as the world’s most modern, advanced widebody aircraft.

Airbus’ most modern, comfortable, efficient and reliable range of wide body aircraft won 55 orders & commitments worth USD 15.6 billion, comprising 31 A350-900s, 20 A330 Regional and four A330-300s.

In the single-aisle sector, the market leading A320 Family garnered an impressive 366 endorsements (comprising 103 firm orders and 263 commitments) worth USD 41.4 billion. Of these, 323 are NEO’s, taking total orders and commitments for the A320neo Family beyond 4,000 since launch in December 2010.

Boosting the longevity of the best-selling A320 Family, Airbus announced a new freighter conversion programme in partnership with EFW and ST Aerospace. This broadens Airbus’ portfolio of innovative solutions, meeting the requirements of customers in all market segments.

John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, Customers said: “Our latest forecast for 32,600 planes in the next 20 years is being proved correct. The orders and commitments at this year’s Paris Air Show demonstrate three things; Asia is powering the growth, we are leading in single-aisle and widebody and our A321neo is the aircraft of choice in the middle of the market.”

Airbus is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and subsidiaries in the US, China, India, Japan and in the Middle East. In addition, it provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network.

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Wizz Air signs for 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft

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Wizz Air, the largest low cost carrier serving Eastern and Central Europe, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the biggest single order for the popular A321neo aircraft. The deal signed at the 51st Le Bourget International Paris Air Show pushes NEO orders and commitments beyond 4,000. Significantly the order includes the latest A321neo Airbus Cabin Flex configuration with 239 seats in 18 inch comfort standard.

Currently Wizz Air operates 61 aircraft on one of Central and Eastern Europe’s most extensive networks with over 380 routes from 22 bases.

“Thanks to our rapidly growing A320 fleet, we’ve become one of Europe’s leading carriers,” said Jozsef Varadi, CEO of Wizz Air. “The A321neo is clearly the leading single aisle aircraft and the best platform regarding operating economics to support our ambitious growth plans.”

“We are thrilled by this new order,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The success of Wizz Air with its all Airbus fleet is a great endorsement of the A321’s unmatched efficiency. Its unbeatable economics combined with its compelling passenger appeal will deliver Wizz Air even better financial returns on their investment.”

The A320neo Family aircraft offers the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft delivering 15% fuel burn reduction at entry into service, and 20% by 2020, achieved through cabin innovations, latest engine technologies, and overall efficiency improvements.

With one aircraft in three sizes (A319neo, A320neo & A321neo), the A320neo Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density configurations on domestic to longer range routes. To date, the A320 Family has won more than 11,700 orders and over 6,500 aircraft delivered to more than 300 operators worldwide.

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Paris Airshow: Strong endorsement for “Services by Airbus”

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“Services by Airbus” (SBA), the continuity of Airbus’ complete portfolio encompassing all aircraft lifecycle solutions, has been successful during the show, demonstrated by achievements across its broad spectrum of offerings. SBA covers six key pillars: Training, Flight Operations; Upgrades; Engineering & Maintenance e-solutions; Material & Supply Chain; and Flight Hours & Tailored Support Package services. Through this approach, customers will benefit from the full range of capabilities and expertise of Airbus, its network and ventures, including SATAIR Group, Airbus ProSky and Training by Airbus.

The achievements at the show included amongst others:

  • easyJet reached an agreement with Airbus’ Upgrade Services division for the retrofit of up to 105 of its A320 cabins with the SpaceFlex v2 to enhance the cabin efficiency of its Airbus single-aisle fleet;
  • AirAsia became the launch customer for the latest Airbus “Smarter Fleet” electronic Flight Folder (eFF) – a software application allowing pilots to access their briefing package on-board the aircraft;
  • Airbus launched the first Airbus maintenance training partnership in Africa, with TunisAir, Tunisia, to establish local A320 and A330 maintenance training services;
  • Airbus ProSky (APS), a subsidiary of Airbus, launched an innovative flight tracking service, ‘AirFlight’ which customises the popular FlightRadar24 airliner flight tracking service for a professional audience and expand global coverage of Airbus aircraft.

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10 years at Le Bourget and going strong: Airbus A380 continues to “wow” passengers and airlines

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Ten years since making its high-profile debut appearance at the International Paris Air Show, Airbus’ A380 jetliner is going strong – taking off or landing every three minutes somewhere in the world, on average – and remains well positioned for the future.

As a key symbol of Airbus’ passion for aviation, the A380 continues to “bring the excitement back to travel” offering its unrivalled spaciousness to provide a unique passenger experience on the 100 routes and 46 destinations it currently serves – having flown more than 80 million passengers to date.

“It’s the aircraft that passengers love to fly – the quietest, the most comfortable and the smoothest way to travel,” said Frank Vermeire, Airbus’ Head of A380 Product Marketing. “For airlines it’s a flagship product, offering them the opportunity to innovate and enhance the flying experience.”

Maximising revenue: The embarking on a new chapter in innovation

Airbus has already applied its philosophy of continuous improvement to deliver key performance benefits for A380 operators – including a 2 percent reduction in fuel burn and 500 nm. more range since its introduction.

Now, the company is turning its innovative spirit to boosting revenue for operators through cabin offerings such as the new four-class 544-seat layout. This configuration features a new premium economy class, while maintaining superior comfort in all classes of service, including the Airbus modern standard of 18-inch-wide seats in economy class.

Such cabin enablers generate more revenue for operators, while boosting airlines’ contribution to profit by 65 percent through an optimized, segmented cabin.   

Positioned for the future: Serving congested airports

With its superior operating economics, the A380 is Airbus’ answer for sustainable growth in rapidly-expanding markets – providing critical capacity to help capture traffic increases and service high-value routes at peak times.

A380s are ideally suited for aviation megacities – airports that accommodate more than 10,000 long-haul international passengers per day – which are predicted to nearly double, increasing from 47 today to 91 in the next 20 years, according to Airbus’ latest global market forecast.

“You cannot just increase frequency, you have to have larger and more efficient aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, during a briefing this week. “That’s called the A380.”

A game-changing freighter market derived from Airbus’ single-aisle product line

Also generating a “buzz” at the Paris Air Show today, is Airbus’ agreement with Singapore-based ST Aerospace to launch passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions of A320 and A321 aircraft, deliveries of which are expected to begin in 2018.

Elbe Fugzeugwerkre (EFW) will be responsible for marketing and managing A320/A321P2F-coverted aircraft. In order to implement the new passenger-to-freighter aircraft, ST Aerospace will provide the company’s specially-developed conversion technology and increase its stake in EFW to 55 percent. Subsequently Airbus Group will become a minority partner, reducing its shareholding to 45 percent.

More orders for Airbus on Day 3

Headlining Airbus’ other commercial announcements today were two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) for more than 120 A320neo (new engine option) Family jetliners.

Synergy Aerospace Corporation, Avianca’s largest shareholder and owner of Avianca Brasil, has committed to 62 A320neo Family aircraft, paving the way for Avianca Brasil to base its fleet renewal and network growth strategy on Airbus’ single-aisle NEO. In the other agreement, an undisclosed Asian airline signed an MoU with Airbus for 60 A320neo jetliners.

In addition, Vietnam’s VietJetAir placed a firm order for six additional A321s, which adds on to a previous commitment by the low-cost carrier to purchase and lease 100 Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

Airbus also announced the selection of major aerostructure suppliers for the Beluga XL, which is the new-generation oversized air transporter for carrying large components between the company’s industrial locations.  Separately, it was disclosed that the Airbus ProSky air traffic management subsidiary – backed by Airbus’ BizLab innovation team – has partnered with Flightradar24 to launch AirFlight, which combines aircraft data with Flightradar24’s flight-tracking program.

Capping off commercial announcements today was the agreement between Airbus and JAMCO for the development, manufacture, supply and support of a new aft galley and lavatory module option to increase cabin efficiency on the A350 XWB, while maintaining high levels passenger comfort.

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Boeing Business Jets launches BBJ MAX 9

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Boeing Business Jets announced the sale of the first BBJ MAX 9 today at the Paris Airshow. The BBJ MAX 9 was ordered by an undisclosed European customer and previously booked on the Orders & Deliveries website.

“We are thrilled to announce that the BBJ MAX 9 program is officially launched with our first BBJ MAX 9 order,” said Boeing Business Jets President David Longridge. “While maintaining the unmatched cabin comfort of today’s BBJ, the BBJ MAX’s lower fuel use, increased range capability, updated flight deck, lower noise and reduced emissions enable the airplane to better meet the diverse needs of our VIP customers.”

The BBJ MAX 9 sale marks the fifth BBJ MAX order. Boeing has previously booked four orders for the BBJ MAX 8 model.

Boeing Business Jets offers a wide variety of ultra-large-cabin, long range airplanes perfectly suited for the private jet market. The product line includes the BBJ and BBJ MAX family as well as Boeing widebody airplanes including the BBJ 787, 777, and 747-8.

Source: Boeing.