AIRSHOW-Wide-body jets to dominate Paris Airshow

Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:42pm EDT
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By Tim Hepher and Andrea Shalal-Esa

PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) - Leading planemakers are battling over strategy for big jets as the Paris Airshow gets underway on Monday.

After a bruising two-year fight for market share of popular smaller models, Airbus and Boeing Co are increasing the deployment of next-generation long-range jets, seen as crucial to the future of both companies and their suppliers.

Days after it surprised the industry by making the first flight of its new A350 just in time for the show, Airbus will attempt a curtain call on Friday with a fly-by for President Francois Hollande, on only the plane's third test.

"People are focusing on long-haul aircraft this year. It is a crucial segment and a fundamental one for the profitability of both constructors," said Bruno Goutard, sector economist at credit insurer Euler Hermes which has a key role in aviation.   Continued...