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Farnborough 2016: commitments for 118 aircraft worth $14.6bn on opening day
Farnborough 2016: commitments for 118 aircraft worth $14.6bn on opening day
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| Yann Cochennec

Farnborough 2016: commitments for 118 aircraft worth $14.6bn on opening day

The torrential rain that washed out the opening day of the Farnborough show did not dampen the enthusiasm of the airframers and their customers, who announced orders and commitments for a total of 118 aircraft worth $14.6bn at list prices.

Alongside a Virgin Atlantic order for eight A350-1000s, Air Lease Corp. ordered three more A350-900s and one A321ceo. Air Côte d'Ivoire ordered one A320neo, and Jetstar Pacific committed for 10 A320ceos.

Standard Chartered Bank announced firm orders for 10 Boeing 737-800s, while China's Xiamen Airlines took 30 Boeing 737 MAX 200s and Donghai Airlines committed for an additional 25 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and five Boeing 787-9s.

In the regional transport sector, Brazil's Embraer unveiled two new customers for its upgraded, re-engined E2-Jet family. Arkia Airlines signed a letter of intent for six E195-E2s with purchase rights for a further four, while Kalstar Aviation of Indonesia ordered five E190-E2s firm, plus an equal number of purchase rights. Nordic Aviation Capital signed a firm order for four E190s.

Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. unveiled the first European customer for its MRJ regional jet — Swedish lessor Rockton AB announced firm orders for 10 MRJ90s with options for an additional 10 aircraft.

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