Coming this week is the long-awaited Paris Air Show! We will be covering the biennial event here on the site as we progress through the weekend, and hopefully, we can expect lots of new orders and exciting news. The official Paris Air Show website can be found here. In addition to being released as separate articles, all Paris Air Show-related announcements will be linked on here.
On June 19, 2017, Boeing officially announced the launch of the 737 MAX 10 as the newest member of the 737 MAX family today at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The 737 MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane ever produced.
The airplane has gained wide market acceptance with more than 240 orders and commitments secured from more than 10 customers worldwide. Customers will be announcing order details throughout the week.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister said:
“The 737 MAX 10 extends the competitive advantage of the 737 MAX family and we’re honored that so many customers across the world have embraced the outstanding value it will bring to their fleets.
Airlines wanted a larger, better option in the large single-aisle segment with the operating advantages of the 737 MAX family. Adding the 737 MAX 10 gives our customers the most flexibility in the market, providing their fleets the range capability, fuel efficiency and unsurpassed reliability that the 737 MAX family is widely known for.”
The 737 MAX 10 continues the MAX family’s range advantage over competing models and will deliver five percent lower trip costs and five percent lower seat-mile costs.
Design changes for the 737 MAX 10 include a fuselage stretch of 66 inches compared to the 737 MAX 9 and levered main landing gear. The airplane has the capacity to carry up to 230 passengers.
Other changes include a variable exit limit rating mid-exit door, a lighter flat aft pressure bulkhead and a modified wing for low-speed drag reduction.
Like Boeing’s other 737 MAX models, the 737 MAX 10 incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.
The 737 MAX continues to be the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 3,700 orders to date.
Today at the Paris Air Show, Bombardier announced that Philippine Airlines has firmed orders for 7 new Q400 aircraft. The purchase rights were agreed on in December 2016, which came in the addition to a firm order for five Q400.
New Nigerian airline jetWest aims to start domestic operations in Nigeria in December this year. Nigeria, a country of nearly 200 million, has faced a lot of problems with its air industry lately. Bad airport infrastructure and the partial collapse of its largest airline has made the accessibility to air travel quite bad in the country lately. This is why airline founder, Dikko Nwachukwu, wants to revolutionize the airline industry in the country.
“We want to do for travel what cell phones did for telecoms. Fifteen years ago, there were less than one million phone lines in Nigeria and now there are 100 million. We could have 100 million (air) travelers, and I know JetWest will be in the middle of the revolution,”
The airline wants to launch with 100 employees and 3 Airbus A320 jets. The airline wants to become the “easyJet of Africa” by offering cheap fares and vibrant color scheme to attract new customers.
“We will cut out everything not core to the business and focus on getting fliers from A to B. Beyond that, we will have unbundled services so customers can pick and choose what they want.”
The airline hopes to become the biggest one in Nigeria. Starting with 3, expanding to 15 within three years and up to 40 within 5. This will help the carrier carry over 10 million passengers a year.
After a four-year-hiatus, EgyptAir plans their return to the Japanese capital. From October 29 the airline will operate the route once a week, using their flagship 777-300ER.
On the 3rd of June, the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus was held at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. In order to transport thousands of fans to the game, the Welsh FA chartered hundreds of flights into airports around the South West of the United Kingdom.
Iberia, Alitalia, Vueling, Air Europa, Sprint Air and many others, including private charters, flew into airports in the region. On the day, I headed to my local airport, Gloucestershire Staverton Airport, to catch some of the action! All photos are mine, taken with a Canon EOS 700D & EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM zoom lens.
The world’s largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, will now be getting a refreshing update as an attempt to increase the number of sales of the slow-selling jet. An A380 has already been equipped with the new winglet type, presumably to be presented at the Paris Air Show next week.
Malaysia Airlines has announced it will be deploying its A380s on its Seoul and Tokyo services to meet an expected demand surge during Q3 of this year.
Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air will deploy Airbus A321 aircraft on to several more of their existing routes this year in October. This means each flight will be operated with an additional 50 seats, as their A321s are equipped with 230 seats, compared to the Airbus A320 with 180 seats.