Commercial Aviation 
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Bruno Ghils

Civil aviation, the batlle of the giants

One could legitimately expect a harsh competition between the American and European giants. And this was certainly the case, be it by the orders placed during the Salon or by the flight demonstrations. But Le Bourget 2015 has not been able to decide between those two heavy weights of aviation, Boeing and Airbus. The Salon started on June 15 and, professionally spoken, ended on June 18 and after these four days the balance of orders was made. According to its CEO, Fabrice Brégier, the French manufacturer booked 124 steady orders worth 16,3 billion dollars. Taking the options and "buy-intentions" into account the orders go up to 421 aircraft for a total of 57 billion dollars, so for Airbus the balance of this Salon 2015 puts it on the same level as the previous edition of 2013. Boeing announced a balance of 145 steady orders, worth 18,6 billion dollars and outpaced Airbus in this key benchmark, but in return Boeing stayed behind regarding the options and "buy-intentions". The manufacturer from Seatlle topped 331 aircraft worth 50,2 billion dollars, 90 aircraft less than its European contender. The American giant has foreseen to deliver 750 aircraft this year and on June 16 striked hard by confirming a steady order for 100 737 MAX, the re-engined version of its notorious plane. Order placed by the Dutch hiring company AerCap, worth 10,7 billion dollars. Airbus estimates the need of the airline companies at 32.600 aircraft, being a market worth 4.900 billion dollars, where as Boeing counts on a market of 38.050 aircraft, worth 5.600 billion dollars.

The third world manufacturer Embraer from Brazil collected orders up to 2,6 billion dollars. The French-Italian ATR, specialized in regional aircraft, already announced 46 steady orders and 35 options up to almost 2 billion dollars.

Sukhoi and its well known SSJ100 did not record any order in 2015. The SSJ100 is to be modernized in partnership with China to broaden the market for this airplane.

The biggest novelty came from Canada...
The Bombardier C Series is a regional airline aircraft designed by the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier Aéronautique which should enter service beginning of 2016. This serie will entail two models : the CS100 with 110 seats and the CS300 with 135 seats. Bombardier tends to broaden its range of regional CRJ jets to a capacity of more than 100 seats and that way will compete with the samller models from Boeing and Airbus. The CS100's maiden flight took place at the airport of Montreal-Mirabel on September 16, 2013. The CS300 flew for the first time at this same airport on February 27, 2015. In July 2008, Lufthansa signed a letter of intentions for 60 aircraft, with an option of 30 more. The announcement of the signature of the first steady order was done on March 11, 2009. The German carrier Lufthansa ordered 30 aircraft with an option of 30 more as stated in the letter of intentions. The branch office of Lufthansa, Swiss, operated these aircraft, worth about 2 billion dollars. Other companies such as Republic Airways, Braathens Aviation, Korean Air, Gulf Air or Air Baltic also announced their interest in the C Series. It is a fact that the two American and European giants will have to face this potential Canadian contender.

Airbus vs Boeing...in the same company  (Serge Van Heertum)
Boeing B777-339ER  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
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Boeing B787-9 "Dreamliner"  (Bruno Ghils) (Serge Van Heertum)
Boeing B787-9 "Dreamliner"  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Aibus A320-232  (Bruno Ghils)
Airbus A320-232 (WL)  (Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
Airbus A380-861  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
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Airbus A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body)  (Serge Van Heertum)
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Embraer ERJ-135 (LR)  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Superjet International RRJ-95B (Sukhoi 100)  (Serge Van Heertum) The MC-21 project  (Serge Van Heertum)
ATR 72-600 for Air New Zeeland  (Serge Van Heertum)
Bombardier Q-400 NG  (Serge Van Heertum)
Bombardier Global 6000  (Serge Van Heertum) Bombardier CRJ-1000 NG  (Serge Van Heertum)
Bombardier CSeries 100  (Bruno Ghils) Swiss will be the flag carrier for the CSeries  (Bruno Ghils)
Bombardier CSeries 300  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
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