Orders: Current through Jan. 20, 2012:
VX's 30 NEOs were booked in 2010, resulting in 1226 NEOs being firmed in 2011.
Any guesses as to the unidentified 35? I suppose it's possible they account for a previous MOU, ie Avianca or Alafco increasing and firming their order but hope to see a new customer behind it. With the Singapore air show just around the corner (Feb.14-29), perhaps an Asian airline? MH would make an interesting candidate should they choose to defect in the narrowbody segment and replace their 35 aging 737 classics (despite operating NGs, yet with only 1 delivery remaining, per airfleets). They currently operate a mixed A/B widebody fleet.
NEO vs MAX: As there has been quite of bit of discussion on the "fastest selling airliner", I decided to plot some numbers to compare both programs' progression of firm orders over time.
Data is based on the NEO's 12/1/2010 launch and the MAX launching on 7/20/2011 - in conjunction with the AA order. By this metric, technically the MAX is currently in the lead with the firmed Southwest order - as we're only at day 184
For reference, the Southwest order came after 146 days in MAX's life. On day 147 in the NEO's life, ILFC firmed their order for 100 aircraft. It will be interesting to plot the progression over time through 2012 as Boeing begins firming their commitments. The dashed lines represent their respective, current order ceilings (firm+commitments). Boeing is said to have accumulated 1000+ commitments to date.
Pricing: With Airbus' prices increases, the NEO now commands the following premium -
A319NEO: +8.1 million USD
A320NEO: +8.4 "
A321NEO: +9.7 "
Trivia: As tweeted by David KM of Flight Global on Jan. 17th - "A320neo sharklets were nearly called 'eaglets' because, I'm told, a fairly senior Airbus exec doesn't like sharks."
Thank goodness someone came to his senses.
OEO but worth a mention: To celebrate the production of their 5,000th A320, Airbus released a nice little video today.