Industry Paris Air Show 2019: A summary

Yesterday, the Paris Air Show 2019 has come to an end. In this recap, we bring to you all orders and industry news.

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As largest aviation exhibition in the world, the Paris Air Show did not fail to impress in its 53th edition. A total of 2,453 exhibitors filled the 125,000 sqm large exhibition space at Paris´ Le Bourget Airport. 316,470 unique visitors attended the show with 139,840 of them being industry professionals.

France´s president Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the show in a festive act and came near to our Hanse Pavilion on a round tour. Over the days, several French ministers and secretaries of state visited the exhibition, too.

Day 1

Day one was owned by Airbus. At first, the European manufacturer announced the introduction of the A321XLR, a new “Xtra Long Range”-version of the A321. This aircraft is capable of flying up to 4,700 nautical miles while offering seats for 180-220 passengers. Additional tanks allow the aircraft to fly farther.

First customer of the A321XLR was the Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The company signed a Letter of Intent for 100 aircraft, including 27 XLRs. The order also included 50 A220-300s and 23 additional A321neos. Virgin Atlantic then came in and ordered 14 A330neos for its fleet renewal. The new aircraft, which are partly firm orders and partly leasing agreements, will replace aging A330 aircraft.

Middle East Airlines (MEA) also signed a contract to buy four A321XLR. The Beirut-based carrier will become the launch customer of the aircraft variant. MEA already has 11 A321neo on order.

Boeing was able to sign aircraft orders as well. GECAS exercised 10 options for converted B777 freighters, while also signing a deal for 15 options for 737-800Fs. Another topic was the MAX-disaster, which was talked about during a press conference.

Embraer signed a deal with United Airlines to deliver up to 39 E175s to its subsidiary airlines. Last year on Farnborough International Air Show, United already ordered 25 E175s.

Day 2

Day two started off with Cebu Pacific signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to purchase 16 Airbus A330-900s, five more A320neo and 10 A321XLRs. Afterwards, International Airlines Group (IAG) announced to purchase 14 A321XLR aircraft for its airlines. Eight of them will go to Iberia and six of them to Aer Lingus. Then, Saudi Arabian placed an order for 15 A321XLRs and 50 A320neos.

Delta Air Lines then ordered five additional A220s to bring its backlog to 95 aircraft. Air Asia then released, that it plans to convert its 253 aircraft strong order for A320neos into A321neos. The extra capacity of the A321neo would be more suitable on routes throughout Asia. Last but not least, Atlantic Airways signed a deal to buy two A320neos. These aircraft will replace the smaller A319s, which are currently in the fleet.

Boeing received a massive 737 MAX order on day 2. IAG signed a Letter of Intent for 200 Boeing 737-8 and 737-10. The aircraft are set to be delivered between 2023 and 2027 and would be powered by CFM Leap engines. Most likely, LEVEL, Vueling and British Airways will use the aircraft.

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, commented: "We´re very pleased to sign this letter of intent with Boeing and are certain that these aircraft will be a great addition to IAG´s short haul fleet. We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months having received approval from the regulators."

The last orders for Boeing at day 2 were from Air Lease Corporation, which signed for additional five 787-9 Dreamliner and Korean Air, which ordered 30 787s.

European manufacturer ATR then announced that Nordic Aviation Capital has ordered 105 ATR -600 series aircraft. The deal is being valued at approximately US$ 2 billion. The leasing company will receive the first 35 aircraft between 2020 and 2025. Other 35 aircraft are options and the remaining 35 are purchase rights.

Embraer was able to announce two new orders with Fuji Dream Airlines ordering two E175s. This order was made after the carrier celebrated its 10-year anniversary of operating Embraer aircraft. Fuji took delivery of the first E-Jet back in 2009. Binter Canarias was the second airline to order Embraer aircraft on day two. The regional airlines signed up for two more E195-E2s.

Day 3

Day three of the 53rd Paris Air Show in Le Bourget just outside of Paris brought new surprising and unexpected orders.

Airbus, which announced the A321XLR on Day 1, was able to release new orders for its long-haul single-aisle aircraft. Qantas, the flag-carrier of Australia, logged 36 A321XLR aircraft, of which 10 are firm orders and 26 conversions from previously ordered A321neos. With the XLR, Qantas seeks to connect Australia to the Middle East. Flights to destinations in Asia and Hawaii are realistic, too.

China Airlines then announced that it has ordered 25 A321neo aircraft to modernize its current short- to midhaul fleet. Accipiter Holdings then purchased 20 A320neo aircraft.

Another huge A321XLR order was then made by IndiGo Partners, which ordered 50 aircraft through and Memorandum of Understanding. 32 of them are new orders and 18 of them conversions. The group´s airlines are JetSmart, Frontier and WizzAir.

American Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world, then transformed 30 A321neo aircraft into A321XLRs, while also ordering an additional 20 firm aircraft. This order was a heavy boost for Airbus and a blast for Boeing. With the XLRs, American is likely to fly to European destinations.

Boeing received an order from ASL Airlines Group at first, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 20 converted 737-800s. The manufacturer was able to sign more deals for its 777. Turkmenistan Airlines signed a Letter of Intent for one additional 777-200LR. Qatar Airways signed for five 777F. However, Boeing did not receive an order for its 777X until Day 3.

As a first this Airshow, Mitsubishi announced an order. A customer, which is not being disclosed, has ordered 15 SpaceJet M100 aircraft. Aviation experts suggest, that the customer is from North America. The airline will receive the aircraft in 2024.

ATR launched a new variant of its ATR42-600 aircraft. The aircraft has the characteristics to perform short take-offs and landings and is of special interest for airlines that operate on smaller and shorter runways. On day three, ATR received three orders for its new variant. Elix Aviation placed 10 units and will become the launch customer in 2022. Air Tahiti then ordered two of the type and another undisclosed customer ordered further aircraft.

On Day 3, Embraer acquired a new order from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The airline from the Netherlands announced an order for 35 E195-E2s. Of them, 15 are firm orders and 20 purchase rights. Deliveries are set to begin in 2021.

Day 4

Before the show closed its doors for the trading exhibition, new orders were made public.

Airbus started the day with and undisclosed customer ordering 20 A321XLRs. Nordic Aviation Capital then signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 20 A220 aircraft. JetBlue followed by ordering and confirming its purchase rights. The carrier converts 10 of them to A220-300s and ordered additional 13 A321XLRs.

Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier Flynas then announced that it has signed a MoU for 10 A321XLRs. This was the last order for Airbus at the Paris Air Show. The manufacturer was able to secure 210 orders for its newly launched XLR. Moreover, customers ordered about 70 A220s and several A330neos. Overall, the Airshow was a huge success for Airbus.

Summed up, Airbus managed to announce 410 orders, Boeing 283 of which 200 are from IAG, Embraer 117 and ATR 87 units. Mitsubishi was able to secure 15 orders.

The show was a success, not only for the aircraft manufacturers, but also for Hanse Aerospace. Our Hanse Pavilion saw many new and old visitors, good talks and new friendships. We hope to welcome you to the next big Airshow!

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