Farnborough winds down on a quiet note

While the Farnborough Air Show will remain open to visitors for a couple more days, the business deals are now mostly done. I’ll provide a complete breakdown next week, but here’s a quick update and summary. At the end of Day 3 the order & commitment total was 694, including mainline and regional jets, as […]

Farnborough, Day 3: 172 more orders

A slightly quieter day on the order front at Farnborough today. Barring any last minute announcements, it looks like there were 172 new orders and commitments for commercial jets, bringing the total so far to 694. Updating the running total from yesterday, we now have the following (items in bold are from day 3): Lessors […]

Farnborough, Day 2: 295 more orders!

The pace of orders is heating up at Farnborough. Yesterday we saw 227 commercial jet orders announced, and today this was followed with the announcement of 258 more, plus 37 orders for commercial turboprop aircraft, bringing the total to 522 orders. None of the aircraft ordered were freighters, but the day did feature the first […]

Farnborough, Day 1: 227 commercial jet orders!

After the last two depressing years it has been easy to forget that the Farnborough and Paris Air Shows were once the scene of major aircraft order announcements. But the first day of this year’s event in Farnborough has brought some of the old excitement back with the announcement of 227 orders for commercial jetliners. […]

Princess Maxima

A real live Princess? Martinair Holland’s “Prinses Máxima” – PH-MCU (id: 48757/606) is seen here heading home to Amsterdam Schiphol from Seatac on a dreary afternoon in light rain. The freighter was built for Martinair in 1996 and first flew in the old colors of the AF-KLM subsidiary. It was repainted with a special floral […]

The cargo business Is “Absolutely booming”

In a Reuters television interview Lufthansa’s Chief Financial Officer Stephan Gemkow said: “The cargo business is currently absolutely booming. For the first time in over 10 years we are seeing not just strong imports out of China, but also strong exports to China.”When asked about the immediate future, Gemkow said: “As far as a CFO […]

Record air freight volumes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl, which handles close to 80% of the cargo at Hong Kong International Airport) reported record volume last month. And not just by a whisker, but by a considerable margin: Hactl’s June volume of 245,000 tonnes was up 30.5% over June 2009, and up 11.1% over the previous record of […]

A little surprise in the refueling tanker competition

Today is the final day for submission of bids in the US Air Force’s competition to replace its aging fleet of 707-based KC-135 tankers — aircraft that are now considerably older than most of the pilots who fly them. As expected, both Boeing and EADS submitted proposals. Boeing’s bid is based on its 767 commercial […]
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