Le Bourget Results for Boeing and Airbus
On Sunday, June 23, the Paris Air Show 2019 international aerospace show ended at Le Bourget Airport in the vicinity of Paris. For such air shows, the competition of aircraft manufacturers for contracts is traditional and mostly in recent years it was a battle between two giants Boeing and Airbus. This year, Airbus was expected to win, as Boeing participated in the air show against the background of problems with the Boeing 737MAX, which is the best-selling model of the airline.
Airbus issued over 700 orders for its airliners at Le Bourget. The newest single-aisle airliner with an increased range of the Airbus A321XLR, presented at the air show, became the best-selling. A total of 140 orders were received for this airliner, 61 of which are solid, and orders for 100 Airbus A321 aircraft were converted into orders for the Airbus A321XLR. Customers also showed great interest in the Airbus A220 airliner, which was previously called the Bombardier CSeries and whose project Airbus bought out from Bombardier in 2018. A total of 85 orders were received for the Airbus A220.
Boeing, in turn, from the very beginning did not set itself the task of concluding new contracts, after the ban on Boeing 737MAX flights, the main thing for Boeing representatives in Le Bourget was to convince the professional community that the plane would soon return to the sky. However, we can say that the airline company won a small victory by signing with the IAG group, which includes British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level, an agreement of intent to purchase 200 Boeing 737MAX aircraft.