Airbus (Toulouse, France) reports that during the 2015 Paris Air Show it won US$57 billion worth of business for a total of 421 aircraft. The deals comprise firm orders for 124 aircraft worth US$16.3 billion and commitments for 297 aircraft worth US$40.7 billion.
In the widebody market, Airbus kicked-off the show with the announcement of the first operator for the new A330 Regional, with Saudi Arabian Airlines taking 20 on lease from IAFC, a leading lessor in the Middle East. The A330 Regional will enable airlines to serve fast-growing domestic and regional routes at least cost and maximum efficiency.
The A350 XWB continues to attract new business with commitments for 31 A350-900s. Airbus’ most modern, comfortable, efficient and reliable range of wide body aircraft won 55 orders and commitments worth US$15.6 billion, comprising 31 A350-900s, 20 A330 Regional and four A330-300s.
In the single-aisle sector, the A320 Family garnered an 366 endorsements (comprising 103 firm orders and 263 commitments) worth US$41.4 billion. Of these, 323 are neos, taking total orders and commitments for the A320neo Family beyond 4,000 since launch in December 2010.
Boosting the longevity of the best-selling A320 Family, Airbus announced a new freighter conversion program in partnership with EFW and ST Aerospace. This broadens Airbus’ portfolio of solutions, meeting the requirements of customers in all market segments.
John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers, says: “Our latest forecast for 32,600 planes in the next 20 years is being proved correct. The orders and commitments at this year’s Paris Air Show demonstrate three things — Asia is powering the growth, we are leading in single-aisle and wide-body and our A321neo is the aircraft of choice in the middle of the market.”
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