AIRSHOW-Airbus pips Boeing in Paris after last-minute Wizz deal

Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:04am EDT
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* Airbus gets orders, commitments worth $57 bln

* Boeing gets orders, commitments worth $50.2 bln

* Airbus helped by last-minute deal with Wizz Air

By Victoria Bryan and Tim Hepher

PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) - Airbus won more business than rival Boeing at this week's Paris Airshow, helped by a last-minute deal with Eastern European low-cost carrier Wizz Air and buoyed by demand from Asian customers.

Airbus ended the show with orders and commitments for 421 aircraft worth $57 billion, against 331 aircraft worth $50.2 billion for Boeing.

"This was higher than I personally expected," Fabrice Bregier, the chief executive of Airbus's planemaking division said at a press conference on Thursday, minutes after announcing Wizz Air intended to buy 110 single-aisle planes following all night negotiations.

"It confirms the market trend is positive," he said.

Ahead of the show, which runs from June 15-21, many industry watchers had expected a quieter event, with the focus on how manufacturers and their supply chain deliver a record backlog of orders, rather than on winning new deals.   Continued...