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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Airbus Updates No.162

Airbus To Launch the A320neo Early

Airbus said on Wednesday it would bring forward the entry into service of a new version of its A320 passenger jet by six months.
The fuel saving model of Airbus's best selling aircraft will now be available in October 2015, Airbus said in a statement, citing spectacular market demand.
Airbus said the upgraded model has generated strong sales of a Pratt & Whitney engine, the PW1100G turbofan, which Airbus said customers had established as the "lead development engine".
Airbus sales chief John Leahy was quoted as saying on Tuesday the jet maker would consider putting a version of Pratt & Whitney's latest jet engines on its A350 mid-sized plane if the US engine maker proposed it.
The engine, developed by Pratt, competes with an engine developed by General Electric and Safran joint venture CFM International.
The move to speed up the introduction of the A320neo comes as Boeing considers whether to launch a new version of its successful 737 passenger jet.
Together the two aircraft compete in the largest segment of the market worth an estimated USD$1.7 trillion over 20 years.
Separately, Zodiac Aerospace said on Wednesday it had won a deal to become the sole supplier of kitchen and stowage compartments for Airbus's short-to medium range narrow-body A320 fleet.

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