Airbus has clinched a deal for 100 single-aisle A320neo planes in its first big move at the Paris Air Show, where the European planemaker is jockeying with Boeing for orders amid burgeoning competition from China.
Airbus and General Electric’s aircraft leasing arm, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), announced the firm order Monday.
The A320neo range of jets, designed to use less fuel than the original and widely-used A320s, have proven popular and are competing with Boeing’s 737 Max series.
Meanwhile, China’s first large passenger jet, the C919, is competing with the A320 and 737 ranges.
Airbus also announced that it’s studying a more fuel-efficient version of the superjumbo A380, which has struggled to win a big customer base. The A380plus could carry 80 more passengers and fly slightly farther.
Airbus and Boeing are expected to bring in about 200 new orders each at this week’s show at Le Bourget, down from past years when Asian and Mideast carriers were growing rapidly.