China to buy a total of 88 A320 planes: Airbus
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that China signed an order for 88 of its A320 aircraft during a visit to Germany by Premier Wen Jiabao.
The figure, which Airbus released in a statement, was higher than that given by the German government which earlier announced the purchase of 62 of the single-aisle planes.
The order, one of a raft of deals worth more than $15 billion signed during the visit, was inked by Airbus chief Tom Enders, China Aviation Supplies head Li Hai and Li Xiaopeng, Industrial and Commerce Bank of China Leasing chairman.
Although it announced the figure of 62 at the signing ceremony, a spokeswoman for the German government said the number had been the basis of negotiations ahead of the meeting but was not "final."
Press reports in Germany had put the value of that framework agreement at more than seven billion euros ($10 billion).
Airbus said that by the end of May, there were some 575 A320 aircraft in operation with 13 Chinese airlines.
© 2011 AFP