The deals represent the largest commercial-aircraft order in history and the firm orders include 130 Airbus A320-family aircraft, 130 A320neo-family jets, 100 Boeing 737NGs and 100 of a new re-engined version of the 737. American is the first airline to commit to Boeing’s expected new 737-family offering.

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Under the terms of the agreement the aircraft will be delivered new from Airbus’ production line between 2013 and 2015. They will be operated by Singapore Airlines on routes within Asia, as well as to points in Australia and the Middle East.

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China Aviation Supplies Holding Company and Chinese leasing company ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. have signed agreements with Airbus for a total of 88 A320-family jets. The General Trade Agreement includes a firm order for 42 aircraft.

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Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third-largest airline, has placed a $700 million-plus firm order for two more Airbus A380s, bringing its total order for A380s to six. Additionally, Airbus indicates it has received a commitment from an unidentified customer for 10 A380s.

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The agreement between GoAir, which bills itself as ‘The Fly Smart Airline’, and Airbus was signed on June 23 at the 49th Le Bourget Airshow in Paris.

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The contract, announced at the Paris Airshow on June 23, is the largest order ever placed for the A320 family and makes AirAsia the biggest airline customer for the Airbus single-aisle product line worldwide.

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The firming of the order for 150 A320neos and 30 A320s, announced at the Paris Airshow on June 22, follows the memorandum of understanding the carrier signed in January.

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ALAFCO signed its A320neo memorandum of understanding and its firm A350-900 order at the 49th Le Bourget Air Show on June 22. The lessor’s A350 order is the first to be announced by Airbus at the 2011 Paris Airshow.

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At the Paris Airshow, JetBlue Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding to order 40 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft and to convert existing orders for 30 A320s to A321s, which will feature ‘Sharklet’ drag-reducing wingtip devices.

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Saudi Arabian Airlines has ordered four additional A330-300s to add to eight which the airline ordered in July 2008, taking its total order for the type to 12.

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GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial-aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, has announced a firm order for 60 A320neo-family aircraft at the 49th Paris Airshow. All are to be powered by the CFM International LEAP-X1A engine.

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Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corporation has grabbed headlines on the first day of the 2011 Paris Airshow by revealing orders and commitments for up to 110 commercial jets, including up to 50 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft, 12 other Airbus airliners, up to 33 Boeing jetliners and 15 Embraer E-Jets.

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Airbus and Rolls-Royce are to develop the A350-1000 with more powerful Trent XWB engines than originally specified and an increased take-off weight. In doing so, says Airbus, the manufacturers responded to the market’s call to offer even more payload and range.

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Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neos and has exercised existing options for seven more standard A320s, increasing to 41 its total firm orders for the Airbus single-aisle family.

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The manufacturer foresees that, while flying between destinations, passengers in 2050 could join an interactive conference; enjoy a game of virtual golf; read the kids back home a bedtime story; and recharge in a ‘vitalizing seat’ whilst watching the planet spread out beneath their feet.

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EasyJet has reached a fleet of 200 Airbus aircraft more quickly and at a younger age than any other airline in history, and is Europe’s largest operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft.

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Korean Air is the sixth airline to take delivery of an A380 and has ordered a total of 10 aircraft. It will initially operate the A380 from its Seoul hub to selected destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop flights to North America and Europe.

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The latest purchase agreement increases the total number of A330s ordered by Korean Air to 30 aircraft, of which 23 – 16 A330-300s and seven A330-200s – have already been delivered.

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The Airbus A320 is the first aircraft from an order for 10 A320-family jets which Yemenia placed in January 2010, and is equipped with IAE V2500-A5 engines.

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