Airframers enjoy bumper show orders success

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The big two enjoyed a show orders bonanza, racking up over 420 sales between them prompting Airbus boss Tom Enders to raise his 2010 order target to more than 400 aircraft.

The European airframer came out as top dog, announcing 255 orders and commitments worth $28 billion while Boeing clocked 171 sales worth over $20 billion.

Enders, who plays down Airbus's success over its rival by saying "there's no testosterone race here in Farnborough", found more success than he bargained for: "We signed more contracts and MoUs here than we anticipated," he says.

In light of the strong recovery the market has enjoyed in recent months, Enders reveals that Airbus's 2010 sales target has been increased from the 250-300 set in January to "north of 400".

 

He also says that production rate hikes, both for single-aisles and widebodies, will be evaluated in the coming months.

As expected, the operating lessors dominated the strong order flow for both manufacturers, placing over 200 orders. The show also signalled the revival of the regional market. On the turboprop side, ATR dominated the show, selling 72 ATR 42/72s.

On the jet side, Embraer announced commitments for 181 E-Jets, including a commitment for up to 140 aircraft from Flybe. However, a CSeries order from Bombardier was notable by its absence.

Sukhoi clocked over 100 Superjet commitments, while Russia's new mainline jet, the MS-21, racked up 130 sales and Antonov sold 20 An-158 regional jets.