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AirAsia striking a deal to buy a record 200 A320neo jets for a price of US$18.2 billion.

Airbus $72 Billion Sales at Paris Air Show Outpaces Boeing Catalogue prices the orders represent hard sales worth $44 billion and memoranda of understanding for the purchase of aircraft worth $28.2 billion.

By Julien Mivielle, Agence France-Presse

Airbus celebrated a $72 billion haul of orders, including the biggest single airliner order in history, in a home turf victory over rival Boeing at the Paris Air Show. “This success sets a new record for any commercial aircraft manufacturer at any air show ever,” Airbus said, after confirming that Malaysia’s AirAsia would buy 200 of its A320neo fuel-efficient medium-haul jets.

It said this brought Airbus’ order book for the week at the Le Bourget aerodrome north of Paris to 730 airliners, including 701 for its new star, the single-aisle A320 in both its original and fuel-efficient “Neo” variant. Details of the contracts were not always confirmed, but at catalogue prices the orders represent hard sales worth $44 billion and memoranda of understanding for the purchase of aircraft worth $28.2 billion.

AirAsia’s chief executive Tony Fernandes […]