#FIA18, Day One

Today, 16th July, the world's biggest airshow kicked off at Farnborough, near London. Several deals have already been announced and I will be covering the upcoming days for you.

Day one at FIA is over, a total of 406 orders and commitments have been announced today, making it the busiest opening so far. Not mentioned in the list below was an order placed by Urumqi Air from China for China, as the airline announced that they are purchasing 20 Comac ARJ21.

And while Airbus, Boeing and Embraer were busy announcing orders, Bombardier introduced their new "Atmosphere"-cabin for its CRJ-jets. The cabin, which was first announced in 2017 featured a brighter cabin, more spacious overhead compartments and an overall improved passenger experience. Delta Air Lines became the launch customer for the new cabin months ago by ordering 20 CRJ900, the first of which is on display at FIA, showing off the new cabin for the first time.

Boeing was the first manufacturer to announce an order, which came from the logistic company DHL who announced their intention to buy 14 777F with options on 7 more. The order is valued at $4.7 billion.

Airbus also announced a widebody-order as their first for the airshow with Chinese airline Sichuan Airlines buying 10 A350-900, valued at $3.2 billion. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer. Sichuan already has 4 of the type on order.

Only 30 minutes after the first A350-order, Airbus announced a second, coming from Taiwanese start-up StarLux. The yet-to-be-launched airline is ordering 5 A350-900 and 12 A350-1000, to be delivered starting in the early 2020-ies.

The overall 100th(!) customer for Boeing's new 737 MAX is Jackson Square Aviation, a US-based leasing company buying 30 737 MAX, valued at $3.5 billion.

Kuwaiti lowcost-airline Watanyia Airways firms up a previous MoU, signed during the Dubai Airshow in 2017, for 25 A320neo in a deal valued at $2.8 billion.

Interrupted by a fire alarm, Qatar Airways CEO HE Akbar Al Baker announced that his airline is purchasing 5 777F, firming up a previous MoU. Commenting on the interruption, al Baker said: "I'm sure this is by Airbus."

Boeing and Embraer officially announce their proposed Joint Venture with the two companies effectively becoming one. Read more here.

United Airlines has signed a deal with both Boeing and Embraer to purchase 25 E175, which will be used to replace existing CRJ700, as well as 4 787-9 from Boeing. Deliveries begin in 2019 (Embraer) and 2020, respectively.

12:05 pm
Dublin-based Goshawk Aviation Limited is acquiring 20 new A320neo from Airbus in a deal worth $2.2 billion.

An undisclosed company, reportedly a "leading global lessor" is buying 80 A320neo aircraft. The proposed deal is worth approximately $8.9 billion, which makes it the biggest so far at the show.

Boeing and Romanian airline TAROM agree on a purchase of 5 737 MAX and a leasing agreement for another 2 737-800.

Seems like lunch is over at FIA, so here we go!

Macquarie Leasing from Australia is picking the A320neo for its order at FIA, selcting 20 of the type.

After announcing their order for 20 A320neo three hours ago, Goshawk Aviation Limited is also buying 20 737 MAX from Boeing.

Only weeks after receiving heir first 737 MAX 8, Brazilian lowcost-airline GOL is purchasing an additional 15 737 MAX 8 and is converting 30 existing MAX 8 orders into the larger MAX 10. Therefor GOL has a total of 135 737 MAX on order.

Salam Air, a lowcost-carrier from Oman has signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of one A320neo and will lease five additional aircraft of the same type.

Jet Airways at it again...
75 more 737 MAX are coming to the airline, making for an impressive 225 of the type. It was previously rumored that the airline will increase their order and this got confirmed today.