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Japan's ANA orders 40 Boeing, 30 Airbus planes worth $16.4 bn

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Thursday it would buy 70 new planes worth $16.4 billion, with almost half from Airbus, in a move that marks a victory for the European aircraft maker as it tries to prise open the lucrative Japanese market. The airline will buy 40 planes from Boeing, its major supplier, and one that has had a virtual stranglehold in Japan for decades, and 30 from Airbus, to expand its fleet ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a statement said. The order includes 14 of Boeing's troubled Dreamliner, as well as 20 units of the 777-9X, and six 777-300ERs.

China to buy 70 Airbus jets for $10 bn

Paris, Mar 26 (EFE).- Airbus received an order Wednesday from state-owned China Aviation Supplies Holding Company for the purchase of 70 aircraft at a catalog price of more than $10 billion (more than 7 billion euros), the France-based plane maker said. The order, officially announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to France, includes 43 A320 medium-range jets at a catalog price of $94 million per unit, and 27 A330 long-range aircraft at a cost of more than $220 million each.

China to buy 70 Airbus jets for $10 bn

Paris, Mar 26 (EFE).- Airbus received an order Wednesday from state-owned China Aviation Supplies Holding Company for the purchase of 70 aircraft at a catalog price of more than $10 billion (more than 7 billion euros), the France-based plane maker said. The order, officially announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to France, includes 43 A320 medium-range jets at a catalog price of $94 million per unit, and 27 A330 long-range aircraft at a cost of more than $220 million each.

Airbus, China's Avicopter sign joint production deal

Airbus Helicopters and China's Avicopter said Wednesday they had signed a deal to jointly produce 1,000 civilian helicopters over 20 years. Airbus said the deal -- signed during a visit to Paris by Chinese President Xi Jinping -- would "strengthen the industrial partnership" with Avicopter to produce the EC175/AC352 helicopters. dt/mm/ric

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.

Airbus wins Saudi contract for 4 A320s

European aerospace giant Airbus said Monday it had won an order worth some $375 million from a new Saudi Arabian airline for four A320 jets. The planes will be delivered at the beginning of next year, Airbus said. SaudiGulf is expected to start flights in early 2015 and will operate initially out of Dammam, then Jeddah and Riyadh.

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

VietJetAir orders 63 Airbus A320s in major expansion

VietJetAir on Tuesday placed a firm order for 63 Airbus A320 jets with a list price of $6.4 billion in a massive expansion drive by the privately owned budget carrier founded only in 2011. The deal, signed on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow, also covers rights to acquire or lease additional A320s potentially boosting VietJetAir's current fleet of 11 A320s tenfold. "The A320 has proven to be extremely efficient in service with VietJetAir and is a favourite with our passengers," the firm's managing director Luu Duc Khanh said in a press statement issued by Airbus.

VietJetAir places firm orders for Airbus jets

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Low-cost Vietnam airline, VietJetAir, placed an order for up to 100 Airbus <AIR.PA> aircraft, the latest entrant seeking to tap into a booming Southeast Asian market. The airline placed a firm order for 63 jets and 30 purchase options and will lease the remainder, VietJetAir officials said at a signing ceremony with Airbus at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday. The purchase agreement covers firm orders for 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and seven A321ceo.

Airbus says Asia-Pacific will be key driver of growth

By Siva Govindasamy and Tim Hepher SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Airbus <AIR.PA> claimed bragging rights as the Asia-Pacific's dominant aircraft supplier on Tuesday, saying the region's fast growing economies and rising passenger demand will continue to drive demand over the next 20 years.
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