Farnborough Day 4 Round-up: Last minute dash gets good results for Airbus and Boeing

After a slow sales day yesterday, things have picked up again as planes fly off the shelves for Boeing and Airbus.

Boeing Orders:

Undisclosed customer: B737MAX – 100 aircraft

Undisclosed customers: B787-9 – 15 aircraft

Hawaiian Airlines: B787-9 – 10 aircraft

Airbus Orders:

Undisclosed customer: A320 – 10 aircraft

VietJet: A321neo – 50 aircraft

AirAsiaX: A330neo – 34 aircraft


Boeing has now secured some 193 commitments for Max aircraft at Farnborough from five unidentified parties, while Airbus has secured agreements for more than 200 aircraft on the same basis. That’s almost 400 aircraft ordered by customers who chose not to be named, raising all kinds of speculation. Airbus commercial chief Eric Schulz yesterday earlier during the air show said government sensitivity over trade relationships, particularly in Asia, is responsible for the high number of orders being attributed to undisclosed customers. An unconfirmed report suggested that Chinese lessor, ICBC Leasing, was responsible for some of the large ‘mystery’ orders placed with Airbus and Boeing. The total number of aircraft ordered at FIA2018 now stands at a little over 1450, more than FIA2016 and FIA2014. Boeing is leading the order book with 649 aircraft and Airbus stands at 483.