Paris Airshow: Airbus bags last-minute orders worth $49b

PARIS (REUTERS) - European planemaker Airbus clinched deals for another 90 planes on Thursday, taking its total orders and commitments at the Paris Airshow to 466 aircraft worth US$68.7 billion (S$86.4 billion) at list prices.

The tally includes firm purchase orders for 241 planes worth US$39.3 billion (S$49.4 billion), Airbus told a news conference at the show.

Eads-owned Airbus pushed back its traditional end-of-show round-up to enable it to squeeze out a final wave of orders from Hong Kong Aviation Capital, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines. United, which earlier this week became one of the launch customers for US planemaker Boeing's new 787-10 Dreamliner model, signed a firm deal for Airbus' competing A350-1000 aircraft, worth US$3.3 billion.

United also converted its previous order for 25 A350-900s to the 1000 model on Thursday, though Airbus said it did not include conversions in its air show tally.

Boeing has announced 265 firm orders worth US$24.7 billion and 127 commitments worth US$36.6 billion at the show so far, though this does not strip out conversions, which include 30 of the firm orders.