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Airbus Flies Past Boeing In Paris

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At the Paris Air Show, Airbus has received orders for 261 of its airplanes, including a 100 plane order from India.

A new carrier called IndiGo gave Airbus the lead in orders received at Le Bourget, site of the biennial Paris Air Show. Though some observers were skeptical of the order, saying orders don’t necessarily equal final deliveries, Airbus was positive on the deal.

”IndiGo is the result of extensive analysis and planning by very experienced airline executives, and we’re convinced it will be a successful new player,” Airbus chief executive Noel Forgeard said.

“It’s unrealistic for any one entity to fly in India with 100 airplanes,” Boeing’s chief sales executive for India, Dinesh Keskar, said. “Where are you going to park them?” India also has a shortage of pilots, and its government would have to approve a deal that could overextend its aviation management capabilities.

While neither Airbus nor Boeing officially commented on the value of business made during the air show, estimates place Airbus’s sales at $29 billion USD to Boeing’s $15 billion.

Chicago-based Boeing has orders for its 737 and 777 jets for a total of 146 planes. The numbers were higher than Boeing expected, particularly for its 777 aircraft.

Boeing does not expect to disclose any more business during the Air Show. However, Airbus has hinted at another announcement today, as a spokesperson said “The week isn’t finished yet.”

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

Airbus Flies Past Boeing In Paris
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