Paris Airshow orders
The first day of the world's largest air show saw a series of major commercial aircraft orders, reflecting a strong recovery in the market after the lean years of the global financial crisis.
Here is a list of the orders announced on the first day, led by Airbus, which traditionally makes a series of announcements on home turf at the Paris International Airshow at Le Bourget in the northern suburbs.
US giant Boeing also chalked up some important sales and significantly, Bombardier from Canada and Brazil's Embraer were in the frame, flying the flag as emerging aviation powers.
Here is a summary of the major orders announced Monday:
- 60 A320neo aircraft, the updated and more efficient version of the workhorse A320 series, worth some $5.5 billion dollars at list price.
- 36 A320neos plus 14 options for Aircraft Leasing Corporation which also ordered one A321 and 11 long-haul A330s in a deal that could be worth $6.0 billion.
- 30 A320neos for Scandinavia's SAS Airlines, worth up to $2.8 billion.
- Four A330-300s for Saudi Arabian Airlines, worth $800 million.
- 14 B737-800s worth $1.1 billion for Aircraft Leasing Corporation.
- Two B747-8, the upgraded version of the original 747 jumbo jet aimed at the Airbus A380 superjumbo, with a list price of $635 million. Another client signed a commitment to buy another 15 of the aircraft.
- Six B777-300ER for Qatar Airways worth $1.7 billion.
- 39 orders for its E-jet series of regional aircraft worth $1.7 billion
- 10 CS100 regional jets worth more than $600 million.
ATR, a joint venture of EADS and Italy's Alenia:
- 15 ATR 72-600 planes for leasing company GECAS worth some $340 million
© 2011 AFP