Airbus executives said the Max crashes aren't affecting their sales strategy, but are a reminder of the importance to the whole industry of ensuring safety.
Boeing suffered a fresh setback at the opening of the Paris Airshow on Monday as the USA planemaker's engine supplier revealed a delay affecting its all-new 777X jet, while Airbus targeted the middle of the market with a rival plane.
The chief executive of Boeing said the company made a "mistake" in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes killed 346 people and he promised transparency as the aircraft maker works to get the grounded plane back in flight.
The news is another headache for Boeing as it continues to grapple with the grounding of its top-selling 737 MAX aircraft in March after two deadly crashes.
British Airways did not announce any new plane purchases from Boeing.
Boeing has been criticised for what some PR experts consider a lawyer-driven and wooden response to the three-month-old MAX crisis, though Muilenburg has said it is approaching the Paris Airshow with humility and stressing safety as its top priority.Читайте также: Bangladesh Chase 322 To Beat West Indies In World Cup Cricket
But analysts expect this year's show to be relatively subdued, with slowing economies, trade tensions and geopolitical uncertainties unsettling airlines - highlighted by a profit warning from Germany's Lufthansa late on Sunday.
Analysts expect anything from 400 to 800 commercial aircraft orders and commitments at the show, compared with 959 at Farnborough a year ago, though it can be hard to identify truly new business against firmed-up commitments and switched models.
"Airlines will be able to operate a lower-cost single-aisle aircraft on longer and less heavily travelled routes - many of which can now only be served by larger and less efficient wide-body aircraft", Airbus said in a statement.
Airbus did not give a price for the A321XLR. The list price of the baseline A321 is US$129.5 million, while the smaller A220 goes for as much as US$91.5 million. Steven Udvar-Hazy, Air Lease's founder and chairman, has been nicknamed the "godfather" of aircraft leasing for his role in founding the industry.
Asked whether he had been interviewed or submitted evidence in a criminal investigation launched by the US Department of Justice after the 737 crashes, Mr Muilenburg said: "We are fully supporting any government inquiries and providing information". Airbus is focused on convincing regulators and passengers to embrace the pilotless planes the company can already build. "Technology-wise, we don't see a hurdle", he said - it's merely a matter of "perception in the traveling public" and getting the regulators' go-ahead. It's a time to be introspective.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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