Airbus Nearing Deal To Sell China More Than 100 Jets – Report
Airbus SAS, the French aerospace company and subsidiary of the Netherlands-based European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company NV (EPA:EAD), is nearing a deal to sell China more than 100 aircraft, according to a published report.
If successful, the deal will become the Toulouse-based manufacturer’s largest agreement so far this year and help Airbus regain its competitive footing against chief industry rival Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA).
By the end of last month, Airbus had 301 passenger jet orders, less than half what its U.S. competitor had in the same time period, according to Bloomberg News. Much of Boeing’s success this year stems from the popularity of its new 737 MAX single-aisle aircraft.
Earlier this summer, Boeing secured its position ahead of Airbus with a multibillion-dollar commitment from Air Lease Corp. (NYSE: AL). It extended this lead into the beginning of August with an auspicious deal with Singapore Airlines Ltd. (Singapore: C6L).