Air Show Review: Boeing Batters Airbus

Boeing ended last weeks Paris Air Show on a high. While Airbus may claim that it too had a good show, the reality is masked by the pseudo-commitments that will likely never be delivered.

Orders and commitments Boeing amassed came from customers that were not junk credit rated, in contrast to the iffy deals like Zagros and Iran Airtours that will need authorisation before they ever see the light of day.

Even the Ethiopian Airlines A350-900 order was old.

In fact, Airbus stunningly failed to register a single firm new widebody order at the show for its A330neo, A350 family or A380. Having roundly been slapped in the face several times by Boeing’s domino-effect deal-after-deal at the show, the weakness in Airbus’ widebody product offerings becomes ever more stark – particularly as the A380 faces its final reckoning.

Airbus can cheer up knowing that it wasn’t alone in failing to sell any of its much vaunted key products. Bombardier too, failed to gain a single order for the rubbish-selling CSeries – a trait that it has kept for many air shows (indeed, why the break the habit of a lifetime!).

Pratt & Whitney started the week with a notable order for GTF engines from IAG, but the airline group went on to order more of the successful CFM International LEAP-1A as well.

Meantime, Pratt & Whitney should be highly concerned that the repeated failure by Bombardier to sell any CSeries at any air show has a direct impact on their already struggling GTF engine family. CFM International wisely snubbed this airplane, and on reflection, it was a bloody smart move.

All in, GE Aviation and CFM International both decimated Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce into irrelevance.

Image Courtesy of Boeing

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