Paris Air Show Starts with Flurry of Orders at Airbus and Boeing

By Jesse Sokolow on 15 June 2015
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A Boeing Dreamliner

A Boeing Dreamliner

The Paris Air Show opened its doors Monday and Airbus and Boeing announced over 200 orders for new aircraft within the first few hours. Airbus also announced a new aircraft, the A330-300 Regional, a wide-body passenger jet optimized for shorter routes, with an order for 20 by launch customer Saudi Arabian Airlines.

The A330-300 Regional can be configured to hold as many as 400 passengers on flights up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 kilometers).

Garuda Indonesia, a state-owned airline, announced deals with both Airbus and Boeing.  The state-owned airline said it would purchaser 60 Boeing aircraft in a deal valued at $10.9 billion at current list prices.  The order includes 30 787-9 Dreamliners and 30 737 Max single-aisle planes.  Garuda also announced an order for 30 Airbus A350 jets, a direct competitor of the Dreamliner.

Airbus also announced a deal with GE Capital Aviation Services, General Electric’s leasing arm, for 60 A320neo single-aisle planes as well as an order from Air Lease Corp for three A320s, one A321, and one A350-900 jet.

Boeing announced a deal with Eva Airways for 777 cargo jets with Taiwan-based Eva Airways.  The deal is valued at $1.5 billion at current list price.

Brazil’s Embraer, a manufacturer of regional jets, said it had received orders for more than 100 aircraft.  AirCastle, an aircraft leasing firm, ordered 25 of the E2, the company’s new regional jet, with rights to double the order.  United Continental Holdings, the parent of United Airlines, announced an order for 28 E175 regional jets as well.

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