Saturday, July 22, 2006

Orders for 90 Airbuses at Farnboroughn show narrow Boeing's lead

Farnborough, UK: Airbus closed its order gap on rival Boeing during the Farnborough air show after declaring firm agreements for 90 aircraft, plus commitments for another 92.
Boeing, in contrast, revealed only a select number of firm agreements, covering a handful of aircraft, which were not already counted on its order books.
Two strong orders for Airbus narrowbodies – comprising 40 from AirAsia and 20 from Wizz Air – have helped the manufacturer to claw back part of its deficit after a first-half tally revealed it was trailing Boeing by 376 aircraft.
India’s Go Air, plus lessors CIT and International Lease Finance (ILFC), accounted for another 25 aircraft, and three operators – Aegean Airlines, Air Caraibes and a private customer – took the other five.
Indian start-up Flyington Freighters has agreed to purchase four Boeing 777 freighters.
While Boeing formally declared an order for 30 737s from Lion Air and 14 more from Aviation Capital Group, both had already featured on its books as undisclosed agreements.
21/07/06 David Kaminski-Morrow/Flight International
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