EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3332 times:
Quote: PARIS: The A380 superjumbo, swooping high above Le Bourget airfield on its daily demonstration flights, may cast a long shadow over the Paris Air Show this year. Production delays for the double-deck, 555-seat technological marvel have been the catalyst for the plane maker's outsized woes over the past year.
But it is another aircraft, the twin-engine A350, that Airbus hopes will grab the headlines at the show, which opens Monday.
"This will be the year of the 350," John Leahy, Airbus's chief salesman, predicted this month. He expects Airbus to secure at least 200 orders for the A350 this year - and as many as half of those could be signed by the end of this week.
I wonder will we see a few more A380 orders this week?
Quote: Analysts said a big chunk of the A350 orders announced this week could be conversions of contracts that were signed before Airbus redesigned the plane. Others may simply be the formalization of commitments that were made public long ago, including one from Singapore Airlines for 20 planes, and another 22 from the Russian state-run carrier, Aeroflot.
Have any old A350 customers signalled their intent to sign up recently?
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 34066 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3285 times:
Quoting EI321 (Thread starter): Have any old A350 customers signalled their intent to sign up recently?
I believe just QR.
And yes, Paris will be more "important" to Airbus then it will be to Boeing in that the 787 has already staked her "claim to fame" in terms of orders and has drawn a pretty definitive line in the sand. While I do not expect the A350 to cross it, I do expect it to get a good deal closer.
I know R. Aboulafia is roundly disliked by many of the Airbus supporters for his constant recent criticism of the company, but I do believe his comments to the International Herald Tribune on Airbus needing to at least land one A350 order from the three major players expected to announce at Paris or soon thereafter (ILFC, the Middle Eastern carriers, and US) will be important.
But Paris could be very important for Boeing as well. The rumored possible EK 747-8I and QR 787 orders would be huge boosts for both programs if they actually came to pass.