Aviation Intelligence data from IBA's InsightIQ reveals 88 firm total aircraft orders were received from 4 airlines and 1 lessor at the 2022 Singapore Air Show. An additional airline signed a letter of intention for 7 Airbus aircraft.
Airbus came home with 85 firm orders at the Singapore Air Show in 2022, representing 97% of total confirmed orders.
The largest single order came from JetBlue, who placed an order for 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. These are to be powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. Fleet data from InsightIQ reveals that these aircraft will join an active fleet of 127 x A220-200 and 8 x A220-300 airframes at the New York based low-cost operator. A further firm order for 20 x A220-300 jets was placed by aircraft leasing company Aviation Capital Group, joining 4 active Airbus A220-300 jets managed by the lessor.
JetBlue's 30 new A220-300 aircraft will join the 135 active A220 family jets at the airline. Image: JetBlue
Jazeera Airways has confirmed an order for 28 x Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The Kuwaiti airline's order includes 20 x A320neo aircraft and 8 x A321neo aircraft, and confirms a Memorandum of Understanding announced at the Dubai Air Show in November 2021. Our recent Jazeera fleet analysis highlighted these aircraft will join a fleet of 17 active Airbus A320ceo and neo family aircraft. Whilst powerplant choice is unconfirmed, IBA anticipates the operator to select the CFM LEAP-1A family engines, in line with the existing A320neo fleet.
Singapore Airlines has placed an order for 7 x Airbus A350F freighter aircraft. InsightIQ reveals that these freighters would join a total of 50 x active A350-900 and 7 x A350-900ULR aircraft in service across the Singapore Airlines group. Currently the largest global A350 operator, Singapore Airlines plans to use these aircraft as a direct replacement for their ageing fleet of 7 x Boeing 747-400 freighters from the fourth quarter of 2025. The oldest of these is a 21.5-year-old aircraft registered 9V-SFI, which was delivered in September 2000. Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong stated these aircraft would "substantially increase our operating efficiencies and reduce our fuel burn, making an important contribution towards the success of our long-term decarbonisation goals" in a recent Airbus press release.
American Airlines have placed an order for 3 Embraer 175LR regional jet aircraft. These aircraft are destined to be operated by its wholly-owned regional affiliate, Envoy Air. According to Embraer, these orders would result in Envoy operating more than 100 examples of the type by the close of 2022. Embraer regional jets have strong proliferation in the North American market, but with ageing fleets and new turboprop concepts on the horizon, we could still witness significant changes in the region's fleet makeup inside this decade.
UAE based Etihad Airways have signed a letter of intent to acquire 7 x Airbus A350F freighter aircraft. This comes as A350 passenger operations are soon to commence at the airline. The A350F will be powered by the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. This uptick in A350F order activity is good news for Airbus following Qatar Airways' order for 34 Boeing 777-9F freighters amidst disputes over A350 passenger aircraft.
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Jazeera Airways has confirmed an order for 28 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The Kuwaiti airline's order includes 20 A320neo aircraft and 8 A321neo aircraft, and confirms a Memorandum of Understanding announced in November 2021.