Airbus Signals A320 Orders By Paris Air Show

May 27, 2011

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Airbus could wrap up two major orders for its revamped A320neo by the Paris air show in June, sales chief John Leahy said.

The deals include a final version of a 180 plane, USD$16 billion deal that Airbus reached with Indian budget carrier Indigo earlier this year as well as another potentially big new deal with Malaysia's AirAsia.

"I think we will have the Indigo order finalised and announced by the Paris Air Show," Leahy told reporters.

"We are in final discussions with Air Asia. We hope that too will be concluded in time for the Paris Air show."

Airbus has called the Indigo order the biggest commercial jet deal in history by number of planes involved.

AirAsia has talked of buying a similar number of planes and its chief executive said this week a deal could be "imminent".

It was not immediately clear whether the AirAsia order would be a firm order or a provisional agreement. Purchases go into the plane maker's order book, contributing to annual targets and boosting the backlog of parent EADS, when finalised.

Leahy was speaking on the sidelines of an event marking the 200th Airbus delivery to UK low cost carrier easyJet.

(Reuters)