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PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the Paris Air Show (all times local):
Airbus has clinched a deal for 100 single-aisle A320neo planes in its first big move at the Paris Air Show, where the European planemaker is jockeying with Boeing for orders amid burgeoning competition from China.
Airbus and General Electric’s aircraft leasing arm, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), announced the firm order Monday.
The A320neo range of jets, designed to use less fuel than the original and widely-used A320s, have proven popular and are competing with Boeing’s 737 Max series.
Meanwhile, China’s first large passenger jet, the C919, is competing with the A320 and 737 ranges.
Airbus also announced that it’s studying a more fuel-efficient version of the superjumbo A380, which has struggled to win a big customer base. The A380plus could carry 80 more passengers and fly slightly farther.
Airbus and Boeing are expected to bring in about 200 new orders each at this week’s show at Le Bourget, down from past years when Asian and Mideast carriers were growing rapidly.
Boeing is announcing plans for a new, longer version of its 737 Max jet at the Paris Air Show in hopes of boosting orders for the single-aisle plane in its race with European rival Airbus.
The CEO of Boeing’s commercial planes operations, Kevin McAllister, said Monday that the 737 Max-10 will offer customers more flexibility and seating space. It is expected to cost a bit more than the 737 Max-9, which runs at $119 million according to list prices.
Boeing will this week show off a 737 Max-9, which has struggled to attract customers.
The Max series of jets are designed to be a more fuel-efficient version of the workhorse 737, Boeing’s most popular commercial plane. They compete with Airbus planes in the A320-neo family, aiming at a similar short- to mid-range market.
French President Emmanuel Macron is opening the Paris Air Show from the skies.
Macron landed Monday at the Bourget airfield in an Airbus A400-M military transport plane to launch the aviation showcase, where the latest Boeing and Airbus passenger jets will vie for attention with an F-35 warplane, drones and other and high-tech hardware.
Macron, trying to raise his international profile, appears to have chosen the A400-M to give a boost of confidence to the long-troubled European military transporter project.
Thousands are expected at the biennial aviation and defense industry gathering this week.
The industry is eager to show off its wares after a string of public relations embarrassments recently – from the United Airlines’ passenger getting dragged off a flight to British Airways’ massive outage.