The first day of the Farnborough Airshow came to an end with the 787-9 wowing the crowd during the flying display. It was the perfect way to wrap up what turned out to be a very busy day. In addition to these photos, check out this amazing video.
The 787-9 takes part in Monday’s flying display at Farnborough. Photos by Steve Eastell.
To no one’s surprise, Airbus kicked things off by formally launching the A330neo. I spent most of the day fielding questions from reporters about my thoughts on that move. As I told them, even talking about the A330neo proves that Airbus’ A350 strategy has failed. The A350-800 is basically extinct, and the A350-1000 isn’t going anywhere. Their answer— an airplane they pulled from the market 10 years ago. It couldn’t compete with the 787 then—and can’t compete in the future.
Entering the air show with 649 net orders on the year, we picked up another 51 orders and commitments on Day 1. We started things off with Monarch Airlines and their selection of the 737 MAX 8. It’s truly a pleasure to know the Monarch livery will once again be on 737s, and we appreciate their vote of confidence as they start a fleet transition to Boeing single-aisle airplanes.
Monarch Airlines and Boeing are finalizing terms and working towards a Purchase Agreement for 30 737 MAX 8s. Photo by Steve Eastell.
Okay Airways from China placed an order for 737 MAXs and Next-Generation 737s. And the leasing company Avolon committed to 787-9 Dreamliners and more 737 MAXs. We thank them all for their business and look forward to growing with them.
Okay Airways announced an order for six 737 MAX 8s and four Next-Generation 737-800s. Photo by Marian Lockhart.
Avolon announced a commitment for six 787-9 Dreamliners and five additional 737 MAX 9s. Photo by Marian Lockhart.
More announcements still to come as the week goes on—so stay tuned.