As the Paris Air Show opened Monday, Boeing and Airbus unveiled some big deals for their widebody planes.
- Airbus announced a commitment from Doric Asset Finance, a lessor, for 20 of its A380 jumbo jets at a list price of $8.1 billion. It’s the first deal this year for that giant plane; Airbus set a goal of selling 25 in 2013 after resolving a problem with cracked wings. The massive plane’s sales have also been hampered by the difficulty of fitting it at terminals at most airports. Doric’s CEO, however, told Reuters that “If anything, we are perhaps under-ordering the A380.”
- GE Capital and Boeing announced a commitment for 10 of the largest 787s Dreamliners, the -10 stretch version that Boeing is expected to formally launch any day now.
When exactly will Boeing announce that? “Don’t leave too soon,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner advised journalists Monday, according to our @dominicgates, reporting from the Show.
- Qatar Airways tacked on nine 777-300ER planes worth as much as $2.8 billion; two had already been on the books as orders from an unidentified customer.