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Paris Air Show opens with order and delivery announcements

Artists rendering of a GE Capital Aviation Services’ Airbus A320 neo. GE Capital Aviation leases and finances airliners.
Artists rendering of a GE Capital Aviation Services’ Airbus A320 neo. GE Capital Aviation leases and finances airliners. Courtesy

Let the announcements begin.

Airplane makers announced a flurry of firm and intended orders and deliveries for commercial and military aircraft on the opening day of the Paris Air Show on Monday.

Airbus received a firm order from GE Capital Aviation Services for 60 A320 new engine option aircraft, as well as orders from Saudi Arabian Airlines for 20 A330-300 Regional and 30 A320 current engine option aircraft. It also said that Air Lease Corp. announced a firm order one A350-900 and one A321ceos and three A320ceos.

Rival Boeing Co. said Qatar Airways placed an order for 10 777-8Xs and four 777 Freighters — a deal valued at $4.8 billion. It also said that that EVA Airways intends to purchase five 777 Freighters in a deal valued at more than $1.5 billion. The company also said Garuda Indonesia intends to purchase 30 787-9 Dreamliners, as well as up to 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes. And Boeing said the government of Qatar recently signed an agreement for the purchase of four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.

Bombardier, the Canadian parent of Wichita’s Learjet, said CSeries launch customer SWISS airlines has converted 10 of its 30 firm-ordered CS100 aircraft to the larger CS300 aircraft. And Calgary, Canada-based WestJet Encore Ltd. signed a firm order for five Q400 turboprops, Bombardier said, in a deal valued at $200 million.

Closer to home, Textron’s Beechcraft Defense Co. said it recently delivered four Beechcraft T-6D military aircraft to the U.S. Army, which the Army will use in a variety of training and mission-support activities.

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