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Qatar orders five Airbus A330 freighters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar Airways placed an order on Sunday for five Airbus A330 freighters as it expands its cargo business. The Gulf carrier said it had taken out options for a further 8 aircraft, making the deal potentially worth $2.8 billion at list prices. "Cargo is a strategic part of our business," Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said after announcing the orders at the Dubai Airshow. Qatar operates A330 passenger jets and is the launch customer for Airbus's newest jet, the A350.

Jetmakers feud over seat width with big orders at stake

By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - A row has flared up between leading planemakers over the width of tourist-class seats on long-distance flights, setting the tone for a bitter confrontation at this month's Dubai Airshow. The dispute focuses on the width of seats provided on long-haul flights for economy passengers - not always the ones most courted by airlines, but whose allocated space holds the key to efficiency claims for the latest jets offered by Airbus and Boeing.

Qatar Airways says A350 delivery on schedule; plans order in Dubai

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar Airways, the launch customer for Airbus's <EAD.PA> A350 plane, expects the European planemaker to start delivering the aircraft by the second half of next year, the airline's chief executive said on Tuesday. The Gulf carrier has ordered 80 A350 jets from Airbus. "We are confident that Airbus will deliver the A350 by the second half of 2014," Akbar al Baker said on the sidelines of an event to mark the airline joining the oneworld airline alliance.

Airbus executive says time for Germany to pay A350 loan in full

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should pay the remaining 600 million euros of a disputed development loan for Airbus's <EAD.PA> A350 passenger plane now the aircraft maker has allocated work to German employees, an Airbus executive said. The German government had demanded that Airbus guarantee a certain amount of the work on the lightweight A350 plane would be done in Germany as a condition for paying out the remaining part of the loan.

Japan Airlines orders 31 Airbus planes for $9.5 bn

Paris, Oct 7 (EFE).- Japan Airlines Co. formalized Monday its first order from European manufacturer Airbus with a purchase of 31 airplanes of the A350 line worth $9.5 billion at list prices. The Japanese carrier signed an order for 18 aircraft of the A350-900 and 13 A350-1000 models, plus an option for another 25 supplementary aircraft, Airbus said in a communique. Both companies expect the passenger jets to begin operating in 2019 for a period of six years.

Japan Airlines orders 31 Airbus A350s valued at $9.5 bn

Japan Airlines said Monday it is ordering 31 Airbus A350 planes in a deal valued at $9.5 billion and which challenges Boeing's dominance in the Japanese market as it struggles with its troubled Dreamliner. The carrier said it had signed a purchase agreement for 18 long-haul A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s, with an option to buy another 25 aircraft. bur-pb/dan

SAS plans to buy 12 new aircraft from Airbus in upgrade of long-haul fleet

STOCKHOLM - Scandinavian airline SAS says it plans to order 12 new planes from Airbus in a deal valued at $3.3 billion at list prices. SAS said Tuesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding — short of a firm order — for eight A350 and four A330 planes as part of a renewal of its long-haul fleet. The deal also includes upgrades of seven older jets and an option to purchase another six A350 aircraft. SAS said the A330s will be delivered in 2015 and the A350s in 2018.

SAS signs $3.3 billion MOU with Airbus for 12 new jets

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Scandinavian airline SAS <SAS.ST> said on Tuesday it had signed a $3.3 billion preliminary deal with Airbus for the delivery of 12 new passenger jets and would upgrade some of its existing aircraft in a comprehensive overhaul of its long-haul fleet. SAS, part-owned by Sweden, Norway and Denmark, said in a statement the agreement covered orders of eight Airbus A350-900 aircraft and four A330-300 Enhanced.

Singapore Airlines orders 30 more Airbus A350s

PARIS (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft worth $8.6 billion at list prices, with options for 20 more of the jetliners. The airline could convert the options into larger A350-1000s under the terms of the deal, Airbus said at the Paris Airshow on Wednesday. The carrier now has 70 firm orders for the A350, Airbus added. (Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by James Regan)

Airbus wins order from SriLankan Airlines

PARIS (Reuters) - SriLankan Airlines announced orders for six Airbus <EAD.PA> A330-300 aircraft and commitments to buy four A350-900s in a deal worth $2.6 billion at list prices. Airbus sales chief John Leahy said at the Paris Airshow on Wednesday that the A350 deal would likely be signed by the end of the month. SriLankan, which operates an all-Airbus fleet, said it also plans to lease three A350s, adding that a lessor had not yet been chosen.
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