Boeing Co. arrives at the Farnborough air show, where billions of dollars of jet orders may be unveiled next week, lacking a sales chief as it fills the job for a ninth time since John Leahy took his post at Airbus SAS.
Airbus SAS scored a runaway order victory over Boeing Co. at the Paris Air Show as the revamped A320neo, launched last December, came of age with a succession of deals that climaxed with an $18 billion, 200-jet contract from AirAsia Bhd., the biggest in the company’s 40-year history.
Boeing Co.’s four-decade-old 747 jumbo jet picked up a new fan base at the Paris Air Show as its latest version won customers and eclipsed the bungled appearance of Airbus SAS’s A380 flagship double-decker.
Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. won 237 jetliner orders worth $28 billion at this week’s Farnborough Air Show, more than three times the number announced in Paris a year ago, prompting some executives to say the global slump is over.
AMR Corp.’s American Airlines is discussing an order of as many as 280 new narrow-body jets, a deal that may set an industry record, in talks with Airbus SAS and Boeing Co., two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Boeing Co. commercial airplanes chief Jim Albaugh said he had a “good meeting” with American Airlines this week as the manufacturer tries to stop one of its biggest customers from placing an order with rival Airbus SAS.