Airbus pips Boeing to biggest deal haul of the Paris Air Show

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AIRBUS said its orders at this year’s Paris Air Show totalled $68.7bn (£44.4bn) at list prices, narrowly beating Boeing to clinch the biggest deal haul.

The firm, which will host French President Francois Hollande at the show today, took firm orders for 241 planes and signed memos of understanding for a further 225.

“The dramatic rainfall and thunder storms at Le Bourget this year didn’t dampen our order intake,” said Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy.

Boeing signed orders and commitments for 442 planes, valued at more than $66bn at list prices.

The planemakers typically offer substantial discounts to the list price for firms that make large orders.

Airbus firmed up a deal for 20 planes with Spirit yesterday, while it signed an agreement with United Airlines to supply 35 of its Airbus 350s.

Meanwhile engineering giant Rolls-Royce unveiled deals with Philippine Airlines to deliver Trent 700 engines, worth around $1.4bn at list prices, and with United Airlines to build Trent XWB engines for its new Airbus A350s, worth $800m at list price.