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France says Qatar to buy 22 military helicopters

Qatar will buy 22 NH90 military helicopters from European aerospace group Airbus worth nearly two billion euros ($2.8 billion), the French defence ministry said Thursday. It said 12 of these would be transport helicopters and the other 10 would be the frigate version. Qatar will also acquire two Airbus-made refuelling tankers. The decision was conveyed to French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian by Qatari officials. Last week, Le Drian had taken his Qatari counterpart General Khaled Al Attiyah to Brest in northwestern France to show him the NH90 chopper.

France says Qatar to buy 22 military helicopters

Qatar will buy 22 NH90 military helicopters from European aerospace group Airbus worth nearly two billion euros ($2.8 billion), the French defence ministry said Thursday. It said 12 of these would be transport helicopters and the other 10 would be the frigate version. Qatar will also acquire two Airbus-made refuelling tankers. The decision was conveyed to French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian by Qatari officials. Last week, Le Drian had taken his Qatari counterpart General Khaled Al Attiyah to Brest in northwestern France to show him the NH90 chopper.

China extends Airbus jet assembly venture, unblocks A330 deals

PARIS (Reuters) - China signed a new 10-year agreement on Wednesday allowing Airbus <AIR.PA> to extend the assembly of A320 planes in Tianjin to 2025 and ordered an unspecified number of new jets, easing trade ties after a bitter row with Europe on aircraft emissions.

Airbus CEO says disappearance of Flight 370 shows need for improved tracking systems

PARIS - The head of European jet maker Airbus has added his voice to calls for improving the systems used to track and locate aircraft and their data recorders, following the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Fabrice Bregier says Airbus is working to develop deployable black boxes or other systems that could help investigators find the recorders following an accident or disappearance.

China Eastern says ordering 70 Airbus A320neos worth $6.4 bn

China Eastern announced Friday it was ordering 70 of Airbus's modern A320neo aircraft for a catalogue value of $6.4 billion (4.6 billion euros). The planes ordered by the Shanghai-based airline were for delivery between 208 and 2020, to boost capacity on short- and mid-distance routes, according to stock market filings. In return, Airbus agreed to buy back seven long-distance A330-600 planes from the airline. pmr/rmb/txw

China Eastern to buy 70 Airbus A320NEO for $6.4 billion

(Reuters) - China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd <600115.SS> <0670.HK> has ordered 70 A320neo aircraft, marking a big victory for Airbus <AIR.PA>, which has been actively marketing the upgraded variant of its popular A320 jet to Chinese carriers. It is the first order by a Chinese airline for the plane. The European aircraft maker has been in discussion with Chinese carriers to sell hundreds of A320neos, company China president Eric Chen had told media last September.

Airbus seeks $1.2 billion compensation over German Eurofighters

BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Airbus Group <AIR.PA> will demand around 900 million euros ($1.24 billion) compensation from Germany over plans to cancel delivery of a final shipment of Eurofighter jets, a source close to a German parliamentary committee said on Tuesday. Reuters last week reported that delivery of the last 37 jets, which could cost around 3.2 billion euros, had been canceled. Airbus said it would seek compensation but declined to say how much.

Arms makers try to cash in as Asian disputes escalate

Asia's top aerospace and defence show opens Tuesday in Singapore, with major global arms makers seeking to cash in on rising military spending in China and elsewhere as territorial disputes escalate in the region. A wide range of air and maritime attack and surveillance systems will be showcased at the biennial Singapore Airshow, which will also feature the latest developments in commercial aviation, such as Airbus' A350-XWB long-range aircraft.

Arms makers left frustrated as India awaits elections

Global arms makers gathered in New Delhi for India's biggest defence show face further frustrating delays as they await a new Indian government which they hope can speed up procurement. Big French, British, Russian, US and other arms groups at Defexpo, which runs until Sunday, are competing to offer their wares to India, the largest global importer of conventional weapons. The country, with regional rival Pakistan to the west and growing China to the north, is in the midst of a stuttering $100-billion defence modernisation programme to replace Soviet-era planes and tanks.

Airbus says had no role in French business visit to Iran

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Planemaker Airbus <AIR.PA> said on Thursday it had not been part of a visit by a French business delegation to Iran this week, the most senior French trade mission to the country in years. "Nobody from Airbus Group participated in the trip," Rainer Ohler, head of communications for the Airbus parent group, said.
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