Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
On June 18, IAG signed a letter of intent to buy 200 Boeing 737 MAXs, but Airbus does not intend to let this deal progress any further without putting up a fight.
Airbus has revealed that it did not receive a call for tender from International Airlines Group (IAG). However, the Toulouse-based manufacturer is reportedly determined to win back IAG’s business by making a nice offer of its own – presumably of A320 family aircraft.
International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, announced intention to buy 200 Boeing 737 MAX jets on the second day of the Paris Air Show, June 18. The deal is valued at more than $24 billion at list prices and is the first sizable order for a commercial airplane received by Boeing since the MAX grounding.
The operations of the Boeing 737 MAX have been globally halted since March 13, 2019, following two crashes involving the aircraft that costed the lives of 346 people.
Meanwhile, on the first day of the show, Airbus unveiled its brand new airliner, the A321XLR (Xtra Long Range). The new jetliner is to be the longest-range narrow-body aircraft with a range of up to 4,700nm (8,700 km) in a two-class layout. The following day IAG placed a firm order for the upcoming plane or, in fact, 14 of them.
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