Airbus beats Boeing orders at air show

Suzie Neuwirth

EUROPEAN airline maker Airbus today announced that it has secured orders worth £11.6bn at the first day of the Paris Air Show, beating rival Boeing.

Boeing secured £3.87bn worth of orders.

The company secured a provisional agreement to provide 20 of the A380 double-decker superjumbo jets to aircraft financing group Doric, which is valued at around £5bn.

“Airlines are waking up to the fact that if they want to stay ahead of the game, the only way is with the A380 in their fleets,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.

“We are delighted that with Doric, airlines around the world will now have more flexibility in bringing the A380 into their operations while being equipped to capture the growth opportunities we are seeing as the global economy recovers.”