Photo: Karim Sahib Agence France-Presse
An Airbus travelling across the sky of Dubai, united arab Emirates, during the air show in the city.
Airbus and Boeing have continued to Wednesday, their fierce competition on the segment of medium-haul, european, announcing the largest order in its history, to which the american responded with a huge contract for 225 aircraft.
Airbus has placed 430 medium-haul re-engined family A320neo with the investment fund specializing in the airline to Indigo Partners, to 49,5 billion dollars, at the occasion of the Dubai airshow. Boeing responded a few hours later with a command of the company in the Gulf flydubai to 225 aircraft 737 MAX, including 175 farms, for a total value of $ 27 billion at list prices. Their final amounts are not known, but it is tradition that the manufacturers give discounts on the catalogue price, depending on the volume of the order.
“I am very pleased with this new mark of confidence expressed by the major airline companies which engage in this trade agreement is unprecedented,” said Fabrice Brégier, coo of Airbus, with the AFP. “It is an overwhelming success for Airbus and its A320 planes in the air transport world “, he added.
But with the command of flydubai, Boeing keeps the pressure on european aircraft manufacturer. “This contract represents the largest order of single aisle aircraft [medium-haul] in volume and in value of the shares of a company in the Middle East,” highlighted the american company.
The two giants fight on the medium-haul, which represents almost 70 % of the market in volume. This segment is carried by the companies at a discount. The 737 MAX and the A320neo versions are re-motorized devices the most popular of the two giants of the aerospace, with new-generation engines that enable them to reduce consumption by 15% fuel compared to the current A320ceo and 737 NG.
Airbus is ahead for the time being its rival american on the segment of medium-haul re-engined, with more than 55 % of the market share.
Thanks to this command, the backlog of Airbus is now expected to exceed the 5500 machines ordered since the launch of the A320neo in 2010. Boeing had prior to the show made over 4000 orders for the various versions of the 737 MAX.