The Paris show comes amid revived fortunes for the commercial airline industry. After two years in the red, the industry will make a profit of just over $5 billion this year, despite rising fuel costs, says the International Air Transport Association, whose 250 members claim to represent 94 percent of international air traffic.
Airlines often reserve big announcements for the show to ensure maximum impact. At the last show in 2005, Airbus announced orders worth $33.5 billion, double Boeing's $15 billion based on list prices -- which are usually discounted for the deals.
Away from the rivalry between Boeing and Airbus, Rolls-Royce PLC said Monday it had received the largest-ever firm engine order for its civil aerospace business from Qatar. The $5.6 billion order is for Trent XWB engines to power Qatar's new fleet of 80 Airbus A350 XWB twinjets, with deliveries beginning in 2013.
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Ailing Airbus strikes blow in battle with Boeing after Qatar Airways orders 20 A350s
Airbus SAS is back in the game. Or at least that was the message company officials sought to send Monday as they kicked off the Paris Air Show by announcing a series of airplane orders, including...
Airbus said that the deal was a sign of confidence in the company.
Airbus rescued an order from Qatar Airways for 80 A350 XWB long-range planes after designing a wider body and wings to beat out Boeing's rival 787 Dreamliner.