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June 21, 2011

Damaged A380 Withdraws as Airbus Momentum Continues

The Airbus A380 damaged at the Paris Air Show on Monday will take no further part in demonstrations and has been withdrawn from the show. The model of the world's largest jetliner clipped a building at Le Bourget Airport and damaged its wingtip. Airbus did recover some presti

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The Airbus A380 damaged at the Paris Air Show on Monday will take no further part in demonstrations and has been withdrawn from the show.

The model of the world’s largest jetliner clipped a building at Le Bourget Airport and damaged its wingtip.

Airbus did recover some prestige, however, by announcing further orders for its A320neo aircraft, which has proven to be a particular hit at the show.

Following Monday’s orders from Air Lease and Capital Aviation, CIT Aerospace announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for 50 of the A320neo family aircraft, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016.

The Airbus momentum followed into engine orders, as International Lease Finance signed a $950m order with CFM International for its LEAP engine to power 40 A320neos due for delivery in 2016.

Boeing responded by announcing deals for some 43 aircraft from companies including Aeroflot, Air Shuttle and Malaysian Airlines worth $7.2bn.

Meanwhile, GE Aviation and Snecma announced new orders worth in excess of $1.5bn on Tuesday, although Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland unit said that it expected this year’s orders to fall from last year’s record of $5.7bn.

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