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Airbus announces its best-ever Farnborough air show

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 8:33 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.

— As the Farnborough International Airshow enters its fourth day, Airbus said it has won business at the show worth more than $75 billion for 496 airplanes.

That makes it by far the biggest Farnborough show for Airbus both in terms of dollar value and the number of airplanes, Airbus said.

The deals include memos of understanding for 138 airplanes valued at $36.9 billion and purchase orders for 358 planes worth $38.4 billion.

Airbus kicked the show off Monday with the launch of the A330neo, an upgraded A330.

Boeing, meanwhile, marked its 40 years as a Farnborough exhibitor by highlighting its lineup of commercial airplanes and advanced defense capabilities.

It announced a new 200-seat 737 Max 8 option to give airlines up to 11 more seats of revenue and one that will deliver 20 percent less fuel consumption compared with the 737 Next Generation single-aisle airplane.

Boeing also unveiled its new Maritime Surveillance Aircraft at the show, a plane based on the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet.

And Textron AirLand unveiled its Scorpion tactical mission aircraft, built in Wichita.

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