Boeing, Airbus Clash over Farnborough Sales Bounty - Airbus and Boeing each saw sizable order activity during the Farnborough Air Show, but executives from the world’s two airframe making giants harbored somewhat different perspectives on the general character of the order activity. Boeing vice president of commercial sales Ihssane Mo
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Boeing, Airbus Clash over Farnborough Sales Bounty

Airbus and Boeing each saw sizable order activity during the Farnborough Air Show, but executives from the world’s two airframe making giants harbored somewhat different perspectives on the general character of the order activity. Boeing vice president of commercial sales Ihssane Mounir, for example, characterized the large number of identified customers as simply a result of typical air show exuberance, while Airbus head of sales Eric Shultz attributed to hesitancy to global trade tensions.

“The fact that the world every morning is waking up to see which tweets have hit which part of the world doesn’t really help,” said Schultz. “We can see the market being a little bit cautious as to what is going on in the world...You can understand why [this] kind of thinking [is] not helping.” Read More

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GE Wrestles with Business Case for Mid-market Aircraft

Some two weeks after submitting a proposal to power Boeing’s New Mid-market Aircraft (NMA), GE Aviation CEO David Joyce continues to reserve judgment on the business case for his company’s participation. Speaking Monday at the Farnborough Airshow, Joyce instead confirmed that GE and CFM partner Safran have agreed to propose a CFM design, even if the required engine thrust slightly exceeds the 50,000-pound limit the partnership’s remit would typically allow.

Meanwhile, GE continues to “wrestle” with the size of the market it believes exists for the 220- to 270-seat NMA, a consideration that will largely determine whether or not a dual-source arrangement for engines would be viable. Read More

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Boeing, Embraer Talk Benefits of Combination

Top executives from Boeing and Embraer marked their proposed joint venture yesterday at the Farnborough Airshow with a joint briefing to promote the move and, perhaps more important, send a signal to the aerospace industry of their commitment to complete the deal next year.

Calling the deal to take an 80-percent share in Embraer’s commercial aircraft business and establish a joint venture to support the KC-390 tanker transport a “natural evolution” of the two companies’ 30-year relationship, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg also expressed satisfaction with the opportunity to further align their cultures, engineering expertise, and technical capabilities. Read More

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Mitsubishi Aircraft's MRJ90 Turns Heads in Airshow Debut

Mitsubishi's new MRJ90 turned heads during its airshow debut on Monday at Farnborough 2018, powered by a pair of high-thrust, low-noise Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engines.

After several rocky years and numerous delays, the development program is making steady progress toward service entry in 2020 with launch customer All Nippon Airways. The program has reached the halfway point of flight testing and will start increasing certification work later this year. Read More

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Qatar Airways Head Al Baker Decries Intimidation

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker on Monday said the conflict between Qatar and its Gulf neighbor shows no sign of abating, accusing at least one of the principles in the dispute of conspiring to intimidate suppliers, manufacturers, and banks into declining to do business with his country. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, Al Baker added that he thought the situation has deteriorated in recent months, perhaps making the airline's efforts to return to profitability by the end of this year still more challenging.

Al Baker said his adversaries’ underhanded efforts have met with mixed results. “In some ways they are succeeding, but a lot of times they are not succeeding because those entities are saying this is our business and it’s up to us with whom we do business,” he explained.  Read More

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Flying at Farnborough Airshow

Boeing brought a 787-8 in Biman Bangladesh Airlines livery to the Farnborough Airshow, and it has been participating in the flying display. This is one of four 787s slated for the airline.

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