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Boeing, Airbus compete for orders at air show

Boeing, Airbus compete for orders at air show

"The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing's history, with more than 3,700 orders from 87 customers worldwide", said Blue Air representatives.

The jet will be tailored to offer relief to congested airports on routes such as NY to Los Angeles, but should also be efficient enough to serve medium-range flights connecting the U.S.to smaller European cities, for example.

A rendering of Boeing's 737 MAX 10 over Paris.BoeingOn Monday, Boeing launched the newest and largest member of its 737 MAX family of jets at the 2017 Paris Air Show.

Airbus said earlier this month that it expects the market for large passenger planes to more than double in the next 20 years driven by growth from Asian markets.

A tally by Boeing shows more than 400 orders so far, while a separate tally for Airbus shows just over 100.

Airbus, meanwhile, agreed a provisional $5 billion deal with low-priced carrier Viva Air Peru for 50 A320 jets, confirming a Reuters report.




Boeing also released long-term forecasts on the services market and new aircraft demand.

While air travel on a global basis has been growing rapidly, led by emerging markets, China is seeing its growth rate slow as of late.

But US plane-maker Boeing is expected to generate a fresh burst of activity at the world's biggest airshow by launching the 737 MAX 10 to plug a gap against European rival Airbus's A321neo.

"In fact, frankly, we look at the demand for really big airplanes and we find it hard to believe that Airbus will be able to deliver the rest of their A380s in backlog", Marketing Vice-President Randy Tinseth said in a briefing. It said 29,530 new planes will be needed here; an increase of almost five per cent on a year ago. While Airbus and Boeing dominate the world's civil aviation industry, the duopoly is not without challengers: competition is looming, notably from Russian Federation and China, which have been test-flying their own midrange models.

D├│mhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO commented: "This order represents the single largest order that Avolon has placed with Boeing to date and underlines the scale of our ambition and the strength of our business". They compete with Airbus planes in the A320-neo family, aiming at a similar short- to mid-range market.

The biggest passenger jet in the world, the A380 has seen its sales slump as airlines instead opt for smaller, more efficient twin-engine planes. "(Boeing's) the explanation is we'll fly more flights.


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