The world's largest aircraft manufacturers combined for a total of more than $130 billion in sales of commercial passengers jets at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow.  The estimated total combines purchase agreements, commitments and firm orders from Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer through the first four days of the show.


Airbus won the commercial airliner order race. The French airframe manufacturer reported total orders for 496 aircraft worth a combined $75.3 billion. That compares to Boeing's total reported for the show of orders for 201 aircraft worth $40.2 billion. 2014 was the biggest Farnborough show in history for Airbus, the company said.
 
“For both our single-aisle and wide-body categories, the high representation of lessors — widely regarded as the global ‘barometer’ of the industry — is indicative of the long term confidence in the capacity needs for sustainable growth for the airlines in the years ahead," said John Leahy, chief operating officer of Airbus.
 
Air Asia X was the biggest Airbus customer during the show, placing a $13.8 billion order for 50 of the newly launched re-engined version of the A330-900.
 
The other big order race came in the regional aircraft segment between Embraer and Bombardier. Embraer finished just slightly ahead of the Canadian manufacturer, with orders and commitments for 156 aircraft worth $7.11 billion, compared to 68 aircraft worth $5.81 billion for Bombardier.
 
However, the show did prove that Bombardier's next generation CSeries family of aircraft — scheduled to enter service next year — is garnering significant interest internationally. Chinese regional carrier Zheijian Loong Airlines placed a $1.28 billion order for 20 CS100s and U.K.-based aircraft lessor Falko Regional placed an order for 24 CS100s.
 
“The growing diversity of operators in both our traditional and emerging markets who are centering business cases around the use of the CSeries jetliners is a testament to the aircraft’s unmatched flexibility and outstanding operational efficiencies,” added Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Mike Arcamone. “Of course, we are also delighted that the CSeries aircraft program has reached 500 orders and commitments.”


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