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Lucrative long-hauls get boost at Paris Air Show

10:39 PM, Jun. 17, 2013  |  Comments
Airbus and Boeing Battle It Out at Annual Air Show
Airbus and Boeing Battle It Out at Annual Air Show: The world's biggest air show begins with a huge order for the Airbus superjumbo, deals for Boeing's troubled Dreamliner, and a bang from thunder and lightning.
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Airbus and Boeing won pledges for big purchases of their lucrative long-haul wide-body jets at the Paris Air Show on Monday, raising hopes that demand is recovering following the worldwide recession.

The global aviation event at Le Bourget airfield north of Paris is once again playing host to the rivalry between U.S.-based Boeing and France-based Airbus. After several years of success for their smaller models, the world's leading plane makers are hoping to get orders for the bigger, more-expensive long-haul jets.

Ahead of the aerospace industry showcase, Airbus heavily promoted the A350 - its first all-new plane in eight years. The A350 seats up to 440 and is Airbus' best chance to catch up with Boeing's 787 and 777, which carry up to 300 and 365 passengers respectively, in the race to sell planes used on long-haul flights.

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