2010-06-10 19:56:47 UTC
Emirates has placed an order for 32 (yes, thirty two) A380s. This
should keep the A380 production line going for another 4 years.
Finnair plavred order for 5 A321ER aircrafts. (since when did the 321
have an ER variant ?). This is to replace some 757s. This variant will
have "shaklet" wingtips that cust fuel consumption by 4% (or so claims
Germania sigfned an MOU to buy 5 A319s.
Did Boeing get any sales ? It had been expected that Farnborough in July
would get the big sales.
Emirates now has 90 A380s on order.
Airbus claims that by ordering mroe A380s, Emirates, which has operated
the beast for over a year, confirms that the aircraft has the right
performance/efficiency etc. Personally, I take Emirate's orders with a
grain of salt. Seeing a conservative airline such as BA increase its
orders for the 380 would be a greater show of confidence.
Somehow, Emirates appears to operate in a different parralel universe
when it comes to finances so I am not sure its order is reflective of
what other airlines will be doing.
In totally unrelated news, Air Canada announced that it was going to buy
back some of the 319s aircraft on leases. This is a definitive change
in direction as Air Canada had sold off all of its fleet on leaseback
arrangements to get cash during the 1990s and in early 2000s to manage
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