Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wide Body Report - December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016

Boeing has confirmed plans to further trim production of its 777 airliner, as demand for the existing model dries up and customers await the introduction of the 777X.  Production is expected to be slashed from the 8.3 per month average produced today to 5 per month by next August.

Air Tanzania has been revealed as a previously unidentified customer for a single Boeing 787-8 airline on the order books.

Singapore Airlines has announced plans to open up a route between Manchester, England and Houston aboard the Airbus A350-900 in 2017, as well as a route connecting Stockholm with Moscow.

Iran has finalized its previously announced deal with Airbus for the delivery of 100 aircraft, a week after announcing a similar deal for 80 aircraft with Boeing.  Both deals may become subject to a threat of renewed U.S. sanctions, which have been proposed by the U.S. Congress as well as by President-elect Donald Trump.  The final agreement with Airbus also eliminates an option for the potential purchase of 18 Airbus A380 super-jumbo jets.

Scandanavian Airlines (SAS) has delayed the delivery of its Airbus A350-900 aircraft by more than a year.

Airbus intends to delay delivery of its first A330 NEO by three months, from December 2017 to March 2018 due to developmental delays.  The re-engined A330 NEO is powered exclusively by the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine.

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