Airbus is developing a new version of its A380 – the A380plus – which has fuel-saving wingtips, but Airbus boss Fabrice Bregier says it will only go into production if there is a “large” order. While Airbus and Boeing will again hog the spotlight at the Paris Air Show with their.
The biggest 737 variant is set to get more than 240 orders from at least 10 different carriers, Boeing said at the highly anticipated launch announcement on Monday at the Paris Air Show.
Brigadier General Select Todd Canterbury, director of the US Air Force F-35 Integration Office at the Pentagon, told AP the display was to “showcase the capability to all of our European partners and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies”.
Since May 2, F-35 pilots on five occasions reported symptoms of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, he said.
Engineers, test pilots, medics and others experts are “digging into this problem 24 hours a day”, to try to identify the cause, Canterbury said.
With the earlier order for 55 planes and additional 100 new 737-8 MAX aircraft, the no-frills carrier firmed up order for a total of 155 planes along with the rights to purchase 50 more aircraft comprising B737-8 MAX and wide- bodied ones, taking the total number of planes to 205.
The Max 10, which will be Boeing’s first new model since the unveiling of the 777X series at the Dubai Air Show in 2013, will be 5 1/2 feet (1.68 meters) longer than the $119.2 million Max 9, now the biggest member of the re-engined 737 family, which was launched alongside the Max 7 and 8 in 2011.
SpiceJet is scheduled to take the delivery of its first 737 MAX in 2018.
As these planes can carry more passengers, they have attracted interest from low-priced airlines as well as carriers looking to exploit their range that allows them to make flights across the Atlantic.
While new civilian aircraft orders will probably fall short of the USD130 billion the Paris show clocked up last time – mostly thanks to airlines ordering the latest fuel-efficient Boeing and Airbus aircraft – the industry is still optimistic about sustained growth.
The Max series of jets are created to be a more fuel-efficient version of the workhorse 737, Boeing’s most popular commercial plane.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history.
“SpiceJet continues to be an aviation leader and strong Boeing partner, and we are honoured to have them join 737 MAX 10 launch group”, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin McAllister said.
Macron, trying to raise his global profile, appears to have chosen the A400-M to give a boost of confidence to the long-troubled European military transporter project.
French President Emmanuel Macron exits the cockpit of a Rafale jet fighter helped by Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier (R) during his visit at the 52nd Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, June 19, 2017.
The industry is eager to show off its wares at the Paris show after a string of public relations embarrassments recently, from the United Airlines’ passenger getting dragged off a flight to British Airways’ massive outage.