Day 4 of the Paris Air Show was quieter, with both aircraft manufacturers happy with the addition to their order books by the end of the past 4 days. Read the most recent news below.
Ruili Airlines signs for 20 737 MAX aircraft
Kunming, China-based Ruili Airlines has signed a MOU for 20 Boeing 737 MAX jets during Day 4 of the Paris Air Show. Ruili currently operates 13 Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft, and has orders for one more Boeing 737 along with six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Ruili’s General Manager Xie Jinguo said that the 737 MAX is a “compelling aircraft” for its network, fitting with its current 737 fleet.
Tassili Airlines orders three 737-800 aircraft
Algeria-based Tassili Airlines announced its order for three Boeing 737-800 aircraft today, previously placed as an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orderbooks. Tassili Airlines currently operates a fleet of 12 aircraft, made up of Bombardier Q-series aircraft and Boeing 737s out of its Algiers hub.
Belkacem Harchaoui, CEO of Tassili Airlines, said that “The 737 has played a critical role in the development of Tassili Airlines. We have grown from an oil charter operation to become a scheduled passenger airline, connecting North Africa with mainland Europe; This order signifies an important next step in the development of the airline as we look to the future, adding additional capacity on to existing and new routes across the Maghreb, into France and beyond.”
Unidentified customer tentatively orders 175 737 MAX aircraft
Boeing announced an agreement with a “major airline customer” for 125 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with purchase rights for an additional 50 aircraft. The order is valued at $14 billion for the confirmed 737 MAX 8 aircraft, not including the purchase rights.
The order rounds out a strong showing for Boeing at the Paris Air Show, with 571 aircraft orders placed, with 512 of them being variants of the 737 MAX.
AirAsia orders 14 A320s, bringing its orderbook to 592 aircraft
AirAsia announced an order for 14 Airbus A320s today at the Paris Air Show, tentative to approval from the airline’s board. These 14 aircraft brought AirAsia’s orderbook to 592 aircraft; the airline already has 179 Airbus A320 family aircraft. CEO Tony Fernandes said that. “Robust demand has led us to expanding our fleet. Airbus has been a great partner in finding us slots.” However, Fernandes also said that AirAsia is still looking for leased aircraft, as the airline is not expanding fast enough.
Iranian carriers place orders for 73 Airbus aircraft
Iran-based carriers Iran Airtour and Zagros Airlines placed orders today with a total of 73 Airbus aircraft. Iran Airtour, which was established as a division of Iran Air, placed an order for 45 Airbus A320NEO aircraft. These aircraft will be used to phase out the airline’s current fleet, which includes a mix of leased Boeing 737 Classic aircraft and McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft.
Zagros Airlines signed a MOU with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including 20 Airbus A320NEOs and 8 A330NEO aircraft. CEO Seyed Abdolreza Mousavi stated that, “This represents a practical step for Zagros Airlines’ fleet renewal as well as expanding our operations both domestically and internationally.” Zagros currently has a fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft and a handful of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft, operating out of hubs in Tehran and Abadan in Iran.
Tibet Financial Leasing orders 20 A321NEOs
China-based Tibet Financial Leasing ordered 20 A321NEOs today as part of a number of orders placed at the Paris Air Show this week, including orders for Boeing’s 737 MAX. “We are convinced by the technical innovations, as well as by the combination of comfort and economics provided by the NEO”, said Wang Yanjun, president of Tibet Financial Leasing. “Our goal is to expand our customer base nationwide and in the wider international region and to contribute to the development of civil aviation.”