Jumbo day at Le Bourget

Day 3 of the Paris Air Show started with some jumbo sized news from Volga-Dnepr. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 20 additional 747-8 Freighters. I’ve talked about the cargo market showing continued signs of improvement and this agreement backs that up.

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The 747-8 Freighter is already a key part of Volga-Dnepr’s business.

Our friends at Ethiopian Airlines officially announced their order for six 787-8s. They already have 13 Dreamliners and we’re proud to see them growing their fleet.

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The Ethiopian 787.

The last piece of news today came with our launch of the BBJ MAX 9. The first order is from an undisclosed European customer. This sale marks the fifth BBJ MAX order, counting the four BBJ MAX 8s already on the books.

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The BBJ MAX 9.

I’ll leave you today with some pictures of the great street scenes here in Paris—including some gelato that is well worth standing in line for.

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Comments (4)

James Baloun (Sunnyvale, California, USA):

I hear the industry people at the Paris Air Show are discussing the concept of a new middle of the market aircraft. I am wondering if a MOM aircraft would benefit by adopting the 777X style folding wings to allow it to fit into smaller spaces at the airport. The unfolded wings would have better cruise efficiency and be able to use slightly smaller engines to be even more efficient. I like what I hear about a 2-3-2 seating twin-aisle MOM. It could also carry cargo under the floor. Take a little time to get this right and it will make your MOM proud.

David S (New Orleans, Louisiana):

I'm always hungry after reading your journal.

Andrew Boydston (Boise ID USA):

James, you read my mind as well. The MOM concept must exceed the A-321 in room for passengers with a slightly larger diameter for the cabin, allowing for both increased pitch and seat width considerations. It would need an additional 48"- 60" increase over the Max single aisle width. It would be a clever mini wide body from economy seating through premium business seating up to 240 in some customer configured aircraft. Most likely from 220 -234 seat seat configuration ranges using a 2-3-2 economy section, and a 2-2-2, 4 row premium area up front. Total capacity would range with this alignment at about 28 rows for 196 economy seats and going forward with 4 rows with 24 seats in Premium Economy or Business class, totaling a MOM at 220 seats. It will span a big continent crossing with a 5,000 miles range or a small pond going to Europe and back.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

I love to have a MOM concept brought to life though the concept is not mentioned in the article; when in Rome, but wow I want to have what is on the last two pictures, that would be most gooood!

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