This week’s Asian Aerospace event witnessed Asia-Pacific airlines flexing their muscle with some sizeable aircraft orders.
HNA Group kicked off the show in style with MoU agreements with three manufacturers – Boeing, Gulfstream and Dassault. The agreement embraced plus 32 Boeing 787s and six 777 Freighters for group member Hong Kong Airlines, plus five Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft and five Dassault 7Xs – the first Dassaults for the group which also includes business aviation units Deer Jet and HongKongJet. Despite pre-show speculation, there was no order for the Airbus A380.
This was the second order of the day, following Boeing’s early announcement of five new 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft for Air China. The latter plans to use the aircraft on high capacity routes to North America.
The orders arrived on the same day that ILFC signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 100 A320neo Family aircraft, comprising 75 A320neo and 25 A321neo types. ILFC becomes the first customer for the A321neo. It was not all good news for Airbus though, as the lessor cancelled its order for ten A380s as part of the deal. Boeing also saw an ILFC order, for 33 of its 737-800s.
Back in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, announced on Wednesday that it was ordering 15 more A330-300s and 10 777-300ERs. The A330s will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines from Rolls-Royce.
Tyler aid the carrier will retire its 21 747-400s and 11 A340-300s by the end of the decade as it focuses on the A330, 777 and A350. There was no word of an interest in the A380 for the time being at least.
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