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Despite exploding oil prices, Airbus and Boeing both pushed back the expected e.i.s. dates for the A320 and B737NG successors, respectively— reportedly mainly due to lack of progress in (engine) technology that would justify new designs. In the meantime, Pratt & Whitney has developed a new very fuel efficient engine, the GTF, while Bombardier was looking for a “differentiator” for its new CSeries airframe design. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a combination of high fuel prices, a new technology super-efficient engine and a new airframe would potentially make a powerful combination. Add to this “marriage made in heaven,” the apparent seal of approval from Lufthansa—one of the world’s most respected airlines with respect to aircraft “Technik”—and the happy faces in the Bombardier chalet are easily explained. For the aircraft trading, leasing and financing community, it will be interesting to see what effect the CSeries will have the on other OEMs. It might be a coincidence, but it seemed that some of the engine manufacturers were already putting greater emphasis on their R&D projects, such as CFMI’s LEAP-X (with an open rotor as an alternative) and Rolls Royce’s “back to the future” suggestion of advanced turboprops. Whatever may come, Bombardier and Pratt have clearly thrown a rock in the single-aisle pond. Was that all at Farnborough 2008? Surely not, but most of the other activities were fairly predictable. With Boeing announcing approximately 200 orders and Airbus about 250, interest in new aircraft still was surprisingly high for an industry that is projected to plunge deep into the red this year. What was not a surprise is that most of the orders will be paid with oil dollars, as most of the megaorders came from Middle East buyers such as DAE, Etihad, Saudi Arabian and Fly Dubai. Recycling and other environmental issues also featured prominently. Airbus showed its recyclable A380 with a green tail, Boeing had a high-tech chalet displaying various technologies to save energy and the environment, and lessor AerCap became the launch customer for a program to recycle aging A320 aircraft into freighters. Apart from the A380, the afternoon flying displays were mainly a military event, which featured as a highlight—apart from the impressive Vulcan—a spectacular show by the F22 Raptor, finally matching or surpassing some of the maneuvers only demonstrated by MiG’s and Sukhois in the past. With generally pleasant weather, at least during the first half of the week and significantly improved logistics to get to the show (Bravo, SBAC!) there wasn’t much to complain about. Was Farnborough 2008 a “Classic?” Probably only if you are Canadian. ISTAT would like to thank all of our sponsors of the ISTAT reception at the Farnborough International Airshow in July. For additional pictures from Farnborough, be sure to visit the interactive Jetrader on the Web at www.ISTAT.org. Jetrader 19
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - September/October 2008

Jetrader - September/October 2008
A Message from the President
Contents
Calendar/News
Q&A: Tasos Michael
Growing Green
Farnborough Wrap Up
Sweet Dreams, Nightmarish Travel
Boiling Points
Aircraft Appraisals
From the ISTAT Foundation
Aviation History
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Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Cover2
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - A Message from the President
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - 4
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Contents
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - 6
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Calendar/News
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Q&A: Tasos Michael
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - 9
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - 10
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - 11
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Jetrader - September/October 2008 - 14
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Growing Green
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Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Farnborough Wrap Up
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - 19
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Sweet Dreams, Nightmarish Travel
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - 21
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Boiling Points
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Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Aircraft Appraisals
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Jetrader - September/October 2008 - From the ISTAT Foundation
Jetrader - September/October 2008 - Aviation History
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