Another expected big order that has so far not been signed is a deal between Airbus and Qatar Airways for 50 A320s and five A380s. Not as big numerically, but still significant, because Airbus very much wants to be able to book at least one order for its superjumbo before the week ends. Whether or not it will be firmed before the end of the Show, and if it is, whether it will be accompanied by an announcement of an A330 P-to-F program (as Cargo Facts has predicted) is still unclear.
As for orders, the best way to sum up Day 3 is that it was a Very Good Day for Airbus. The European manufacturer announced orders and commitments for 367 airplanes today, all but six for its A320 Family narrowbodies. The big order, as mentioned above, was from Indigo, for 150 A320neos and 30 A320 non-neos. Other orders were from Republic Airways Holdings (parent of US-based Frontier Airlines) which signed a tentative deal for 40 A319neos and 40 A320neos, Avianca TACA which signed an MoU for 33 A320neos and 18 A320 non-neos, and Chile’s LAN Airlines which firm-ordered 20 A320neos. Airbus also announced a firm order and an MoU from Kuwait-based lessor Alafco: The MoU was for 30 A320neos, the firm order for 6 A350-900s.
Boeing had a quiet day, announcing just one order. That was from Russian carrier UTair for 33 737-800s and 7 737-900s.
ATR also received some love from customers, as Ecuador-based TAME ordered 3 ATR42-500s and lessor Nordic Aviation Capital ordered 10 ATR72-600s plus 10 options.
To sum up, Airbus announced 367 orders and commitments today, bringing its 3-day total to 732; Boeing announced 40, bringing its 3-day total to 138, and ATR announced 13, bringing its 3-day total to 28. Bombardier and Embraer booked no orders today, but have totals of 20 and 22, respectively.