Airbus : a history command at $ 40 billion


Airbus won a historic contract.
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This is a historic contract. Airbus is preparing to announce an order of 430 medium-haul A320 family by the american society of investments of Indigo Partners for an amount in excess of $ 40 billion (34 billion euros), a-t-on learned from a source close to the folder. The order consists of the A320neo and A321neo, the version remotorisée du best-seller for Airbus, according to this source. Airbus has for now declined to comment. The order is expected to be announced in the morning during the Dubai airshow. Airbus holds a press briefing around 11 a.m., Paris time. This order, the largest in the history of Airbus, will more than double the backlog, net of the european giant this year, which was 288 devices at the end of October. It would also allow Airbus to exceed its rival american Boeing in orders this year, with 718 orders against 605 for the group in the u.s. to this day.

The leadership of Airbus strengthened

Indigo Partners is an investment company specializing in the leasing of aircraft to companies at low cost, founded by the American Bill Franke, one of the figures most influential in the world by air. This command will also strengthen the leadership of Airbus on the market for medium-haul remotorisés, that the group of Toulouse dominates with more than 55 % of the market share. With this command, it is expected to exceed 5 500 aircraft ordered since the launch of the A320neo in 2010. Boeing, for its part, chalked up more than 4,000 orders for the various versions of the 737 MAX. Both devices are equipped with new-generation engines that enable them to reduce consumption by 15% fuel compared to the current A320ceo and 737 NG. This command will be one of the last great shots of the iconic commercial director of Airbus, John Leahy, who is preparing to leave the group, after having sold close to 15 000 aircraft during his career.

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