Today was considered one of the most exciting days in the recent commercial history of aviation.
The penultimate day of Dubai Airshow 2017 has already ended, leaving a record figure with two huge orders for Airbus and Boeing.
Indigo Partners signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of 430 aircraft of the A320neo family, doubling its current order of 427 aircraft of the same family. The aircraft will fly for the fleets of its four low-cost airlines, distributed as follows: Wizz Air of Hungary will receive 72 A320neo and 74 A321neo aircraft; Frontier Airlines of the United States will incorporate 100 A320neo and about 34 A321neo; Chile’s JetSMART will receive 56 A320neo and 14 A321neo aircraft, while Volaris of México will incorporate some 46 A320neo and 34 A321neo aircraft.
The Indigo Partners order became Airbus’ largest single announcement and made the group one of the most important customers by order number for single-aisle Airbus aircraft. Most of the aircraft will be delivered from 2021.
“This underscores our optimistic view of the growth potential of our family of low-cost airlines, as well as our confidence in the A320neo Family as a platform for that growth.”, said Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners.
John Leahy, COO, Customer, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said about it: “We are proud to augment (Indigo Partner’s) airline fleets in Latin America, North America and Europe with the single-aisle aircraft that offers the lowest operating costs, longest range and most spacious cabin”.
The second major agreement of the day was signed by Boeing and flydubai. The airline placed an order for 225 aircraft of the 737 MAX family, making it the largest single-aisle aircraft order, by number of aircraft and total value, of a Middle East airline.
Flydubai has already made two previous orders to Boeing, in 2008 and 2013. The current agreement includes a commitment for 175 MAX planes and purchase rights for another 50 MAX. More than 50 of the first 175 aircraft will be 737 MAX 10, an aircraft that was launched earlier this year and that has the lowest seat mileage cost of any single aisle aircraft. The rest of the order is made up of MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft.
The Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, after signing the agreement said: “Today’s order underlines the success of flydubai’s founding vision in changing the way people travel across the region. In under a decade, flydubai has extended its network to 97 destinations in 44 countries, transporting more than 44 million passengers. We look forward to the arrival of the new aircraft from 2019 in support of our future ambitions.”
Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO, added: “We are honoured that flydubai has selected to be an all-Boeing operator for many years to come. This record-breaking agreement builds on our strong partnership with flydubai. This caps a terrific week for all of us at Boeing.”
Meanwhile, EgyptAir also had its moment of attention when it signed leasing agreements with Airbus and Boeing. The leasing company AerCap will provide 15 Airbus A320neo aircraft to EgyptAir in 2020. In addition, AerCap has a lease agreement to provide the Egyptian airline with 6 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that will start flying in 2019.
For its part, in the middle of a day of colossal agreements, the Ministry of Defense of the United Arab Emirates agreed to buy 5 Airbus CN295 aircraft worth $ 250 million dollars.
Due to the huge agreements made on the day of November 15, the official website of Dubai Airshow (Dubaiairshow.aero), mentions the day as one of the most exciting days in the recent commercial history of aviation.