It's a good week for Airbus as the manufacturer snaps up orders from Turkish Air and Lufthansa while rival Boeing spends its time arguing that its batteries aren't really that so bad.
Airbus SAS won an order from Turkish Airlines for 82 A320-series planes worth $9.3 billion at list prices, capping a week in which it also sealed a deal from Deutsche Lufthansa AG for 100 of the single-aisle jets.
Turkish Air, as Turk Hava Yollari AO is known, will buy 25 A321 planes, together with 53 re-engined Neo versions of the same model and four A320neos for delivery by 2015, the Istanbul-based company said today in a statement.
Europe’s fastest-growing network carrier is seeking to expand the fleet to 375 planes, including cargo aircraft, as it builds its base into a hub for intercontinental flights. The company also has options for 35 more A321neos.
For Toulouse-based Airbus, today’s order represents the third time in four months it has converted a Boeing single-aisle customer. The European planemaker’s chief salesman, John Leahy has set a goal of winning 60 percent of that market.
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Photo Credit: A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777. The Airbus order is a big loss for Boeing. BriYYZ / Flickr