The Show is over, and news of the downed 777 and all the lives lost now dominates the aviation world. It’s a devastating ending to an Air Show. I’ll say goodbye, and thanks for following the blog this past week. I have a few planned days off in Ireland. I’ll get away from work, visit my…More
Heroux-Devtek of Quebec, Canada, may be the third largest supplier of aircraft landing gear in the world, but it’s so tiny compared to the big two, United Technologies (its former Goodrich unit) and Safran (its Messier-Bugatti-Dowty unit), that many had never heard of them until last fall. The big two have traditionally supplied all the landing gear for…More
With Airbus and Boeing both determined to pursue “incremental” development of their current airplanes for at least the next decade, the advances from one generation of airplanes to the next depend crucially upon innovation from the big three engine-makers. The technological leaps we heard about at Farnborough include: Geared fans. Additive manufacturing of intricate fuel nozzles deep…More
The shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 and the deaths of 298 people cast gloom over my plans for the final day of the Show. That plan, on a day when no business is done and the working part of the Air Show is effectively over, was to wander around, take pictures on my iphone…More
On my final day at the Air Show, I managed to get a look at the mock-up of the MRJ passenger cabin. This is the Mitsubishi Regional Jet that will be flight tested at Moses Lake. At the Air show Mistusbishi signed a memorandum of understanding for 20 of the jets with Miami-based Eastern Air…More
Just before departing the Farnborough Air Show, senior executives at Airbus and Boeing confidently asserted that their now-divergent widebody jet line-ups are complete and that there’ll be no more big strategic moves in the near future.
What may be the last big piece deployed in this chess match was launched by Airbus on the opening day of the Air Show: the A330neo, an update of its successful mid-size twinjet sporting new engines, extended wings and winglets.
According to the leadership of both sides, now all the pieces are in play and it’s game on for the sales teams.
In an interview Thursday, Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of Airbus, said the two rival manufacturers “have slightly different strategies.”More
Thursday is the last business day at the Farnborough Air Show and this was a quiet one, with nothing happening after the closing Airbus press conference in the morning. I left the Boeing chalet to head back to my hotel in central London at 4 p.m. local time. At that time, no one there had heard about…More
Airbus had a very good Farnborough Air Show, successfully launching the A330neo with a total of 121 commitments from three major aircraft lessors and various airlines.
The A330neo launch gave the European jet maker, which has lagged well behind Boeing in orders this year, some sales momentum. And it gives needed direction to its widebody jet strategy.
At Airbus’s closing press conference, chief executive Fabrice Bregier declared it “the best Farnborough Air Show in Airbus history” in terms of jet sales. “I am personally very happy,” said Bregier.
Boeing had a great sales year leading up to Farnborough, including that massive order from Emirates for 150 new 777Xs, announced as a commitment last year but finalized just the week before the Show.
Though it had fewer orders at Farnborough, Boeing remains ahead in total net sales so far this year.
“We came in with more net orders. We’ll leave the Air Show with more net orders,” said Randy Tinseth, Boeing’s vice president of marketing. “We’ve had a good Air Show.”
Here’s how the final figures look:More
Tim Keating, Boeing’s chief political operator in the halls of Congress, this week is frequenting the company chalet at the Farnborough Air Show and the related aviation industry dinners and receptions in central London.
He’s offering reassurance to Boeing’s foreign airline customers, some of whom are worried that the controversy in Congress around the Export-Import Bank could end the financing they need to buy jets. And he’s hosting the many U.S. political delegations here as part of Boeing’s intense lobbying effort to save the bank, whose authority to operate expires in September.
In an interview at the Air Show, Keating sharply blamed the Tea Party movement within the Republican party for the current impasse.
His message to the visiting U.S. politicians is to listen to their own stump speeches, where a constant refrain is: “We want to grow jobs in the U.S. We want to grow manufacturing in the U.S.”
“We are what America should be: manufactured here and sold overseas,” Keating said of Boeing.
He warned that killing the Ex-Im Bank “is a policy that would actually punish companies that choose to build in the United States.”More
Boeing this week at the Air Show gave the first public details about its plan to use robots in assembling 777 fuselages. Initially on the 777, and then on the 777X, it will use German machines that can drill and fill 60,000 rivet holes on each plane. Missed in the initial reports was this…More