AIRSHOW-Record order books turn focus to jetmakers' production

Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:42pm EDT
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* Paris Airshow starts on Monday, runs from June 15-21

* Order backlog puts focus on production, supply chain

* AerCap close to buying 100 Boeing 737 MAX jets - sources

By Tim Hepher and Cyril Altmeyer

PARIS, June 12 (Reuters) - After years of big-ticket plane orders, next week's Paris Airshow will see rather fewer multi-billion-dollar deals and rather more nervous expressions as planemakers face the daunting task of producing $1.8 trillion of jets already sold.

The world's biggest aerospace gathering will still have its fair share of announcements, including a potential 100-plane leasing order for Boeing, as well as the showmanship that goes with any public contest with European arch-rival Airbus.

But with almost a decade's worth of production on their books, any new business is likely to be couched in tougher than ever warnings that factories must 'execute' to win long term. And many analysts believe the order party is winding down.

"Given the fact that order books have swelled so large, it is unlikely that the headlines will be about large blocks of orders at this show and much more about the production process and viability of the supply chain," said aerospace consultant Jerrold Lundquist, managing director of The Lundquist Group.

"Although the battle for market share in orders will always be there, the contest for delivery share is growing, as each player strives to ... ramp up their production output."   Continued...