Winners and Losers of the Paris Air Show 2019 – Orders and other deals

As the weekend flew past by, the Paris Air Show did so as well. One of the biggest aviation events of the year has been a success for some, a failure to others.

There were blockbuster announcements and announcements that shocked both the aviation community and the general public.

As the show closed on Friday, we look back at one of the most important aviation events and reflect the winners and unfortunately, the losers of the 53rd Paris Air Show.

Winners of the Paris Air Show 2019

Let’s begin with the aircraft manufacturers and airliners that captured the headlines of media all around the world.

1. Airbus A321XLR

Announced on Monday, the Airbus A321XLR captured the heads and minds of airlines in every region of our lovely planet.

In total, airlines have ordered around 200 XLR’s. According to Airbus, the new aircraft won 48 firm orders, 79 commitments and 99 conversions from the regular A321 to the Airbus A321XLR version.

Additionally, JetBlue added a last minute order of 13 Airbus A321XLR, which were converted from their previous order of the A321neo.

Nevertheless, the Airbus A321XLR has raised some questions regarding the passenger experience. We explore this further right here.

2. Boeing 737 MAX

While the A321XLR showed up big time at Paris, Boeing and IAG’s deal came out of the blue.

Both companies have announced a letter of intent for a potential order of 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which has caused some turbulence in the media.

All in all, the announcement was both a testing ground and a breakthrough.

Firstly, IAG avoided the MAX branding in its press release. Nevertheless, the media did use the MAX designation when talking about the order. In a way, it could have been a deal to test out the public‘s reaction to the order. Speculation has followed whether IAG has received a huge discount or the potential order will be converted to the 777X or the new Boeing NMA/797. As a result, IAG would not even actually receive any of Boeing’s 737 aircraft.

Secondly, the deal is massive for Boeing’s public image – the fact that airlines are beginning to show trust in the manufacturer after a very dry spell of orders is great news for the company. The Boeing 737 MAX is still grounded pending approval by the FAA and rest of the aviation authorities, but getting business done is very important for the future success of the aircraft type.

A Boeing 737 MAX at the previous Paris Air Show in 2017

3. ATR

Obviously, the main topic of the Paris Air Show was the commercial battle between Airbus and Boeing. But Boeing is battling its own crisis after the Boeing 737 crashes and Airbus is still going on its sales push for the A220, A321XLR and other aircraft.

However, the regional turboprop aircraft market is a battleground that’s no less important than the fight between the two major competitors. Though the demand for turboprops isn’t as huge as for narrow-bodies, aircraft manufacturers like ATR have indicated that turboprops are the only way for 36% of airports in the world to connect with other airports.

Nevertheless, ATR has been struggling.

One of the reasons is that there is a big gap in the supply of aircraft and pilots. According to Reuters, ATR struck a deal with IndiGo to not only deliver their most popular ATR 72 model, but the European manufacturer will also supply pilots.