Regional aircraft orders come to force

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The Paris Air Show 2009 saw regional aircraft manufacturers booking more firm orders than Airbus and Boeing. Between ATR, Bombardier, Embraer and Sukhoi orders accounted for 77 firm aircraft (or 56% of total firm orders) while Airbus and Boeing announced 60 firm orders (44% of the total).

This year's order tally amounted to 137 firm aircraft compared with 644 firm orders two years ago in Paris when Airbus booked 425 firm orders, Boeing had 125 while the regional manufacturers' firm orders totalled 94 aircraft.

ATR finalised orders at the show from AfriJet for four ATR72-500s, Royal Air Maroc for two ATR42-600s and four ATR72-600s, along with two options. It also announced Air Nostrum for 10 ATR72-600s, plus 10 options as well as Vietnam Airlines for two additional ATR72-500s.

Bombardier Aerospace officially unveiled Air Nostrum as the CRJ1000NG unidentified customer by announcing an order for 15 more aircraft of the type. The Spanish carrier tally now reaches 35 aircraft. Bombardier also announced that IBEX Airlines of Japan will operate four CRJ700 NextGen airliners. These four aircraft are part of an order that was announced in June 2008, and are being sold to an unidentified customer. Bombardier also clinched orders for its Q400 programme. The manufacturer announced that MIG Aviation 3 Limited, a subsidiary of Marfin Investment Group Holdings of Greece, signed a firm order for eight aircraft of the type, including five Q400 NextGen aircraft, and has taken options on an additional eight.

Embraer announced that KLM Cityhopper ordered seven additional Embraer 190s, and now has 13 on order and 11 options to replace its Fokker 100 fleet. Embraer also announced Fuji Dream Airlines for a single E-175 order.


Sukhoi Civil Aircraft finalised orders at the show from Avialeasing for 24 Superjet 100s and also announced Malev as a new customer for the programme. The Hungarian carrier signed a letter of intent to order 15 Superjet 100s with options on another 15 aircraft.

Airbus booked a total of 58 firm orders at the Paris Air Show. AirAsia X ordered 10 Airbus A350-900 aircraft and placed options on five more. The manufacturer booked orders for 20 A320-200s and four A321-200s from Qatar Airways. Aigle Azur placed an order for a single A319-100, while Zest Airways ordered one A320-200. Airbus also announced an order for an A320-200 Prestige from a private Asian customer. Cebu Pacific placed orders for an additional five A320-200s while Vietnam Airlines ordered an extra 16 A321-200s.

The European manufacturer also secured a memorandum of understanding from Wizz Air for 50 additional A320-200s as well as Paramount Airways, which committed to purchase 10 Airbus A321-200 aircraft. Airbus also announced a memorandum of understanding from Vietnam Airlines for two additional A350-900s as well as Turkish Airlines for two A330-200s and five A330-300s on the last day of the show.

Boeing only announced one order at the Paris Air Show. MC Aviation Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp. purchased two Boeing 737-800s for forward lease to Skymark Airlines.