3 JUNE 2013
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It has been a busy week for Boeing with not only the first (of 10) Dreamliners for China Southern Airlines, and again the first for Thomson Airways (see BTN 27 May) but also an announcement by Singapore Airlines that it has a requirement for 30 787-10Xs, a stretch medium range version which has yet to get the official go-ahead. Singapore also placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A350-900 XWB.
Seattle delivered 747-8 number 50, to launch customer Lufthansa.
To bring sales up to date, 787 orders stand at 847 (including SIA) with 52 delivered to date. For the Airbus A350 the number is 616.
When it comes to narrow bodies Airbus leads with 2,125 orders for the Neo version of the A320 series. Late off the blocks the Boeing 737 MAX is now credited with 1,064, the total 737 order book now up to the astonishing figure of 10,500 units, easily the best selling jet airliner of all time.
The Thomson aircraft will be quickly followed by two more. In total the order is for eight. On 8 July the 787s join the fleet with flights from Glasgow to Cancun (Mexico) and Manchester to Sanford, Florida. Gatwick follows the next day, again to Cancun. www.airbus.com www.boeing.com/commercial http://flights.thomson.co.uk www.flychinasouthern.com
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