Boeing takes aircraft sales lead with 120 orders at Farnborough Tuesday; leads Airbus 247 sales to 15

FARNBOROUGH, England, 10 July 2012. The Boeing Co. Commercial Airplanes segment in Seattle took a big Farnborough Sweepstakes lead Tuesday over archrival Airbus in Toulouse, France, taking orders for 120 aircraft and bringing its total sales related to the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow to 247. Airbus, meanwhile, has sold 15 aircraft at Farnborough as of close of business Tuesday.

Boeing on Tuesday took orders for 100 aircraft from U.S. leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) in Stamford, Conn., and 20 aircraft to Kuwait airplane leasing company ALAFCO.

The GECAS deal calls for Boeing to provide 75 737 MAX 8s and 25 next-generation 737-800s. The ALAFCO deal, meanwhile, calls for Boeing to provide 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s worth $1.9 billion.

Boeing introduced the new-engine, fuel-efficient 737 MAX in August 2011 in direct response to the launch in December 2010 of the Airbus A320neo narrow-body jetliner. The A320neo stands for new engine option.

The new 737 MAX aircraft will have LEAP-1B engines from CFM International S.A. in Aérodrome de Villaroche, France -- a joint venture of General Electric in the U.S. and Snecma in France. The Airbus A320neo, meanwhile, will offer a choice of the CFM International LEAP-X or the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G PurePower engines.

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and the Airbus A320neo both are twin-engine passenger jets. The newest Boeing 737 model is scheduled to enter service in 2017, and the Airbus A320neo is to enter service in 2015 or 2016. The Boeing 737 MAX family will consist of three models -- the MAX 7, MAX 8, and MAX 9 -- that will have different lengths and different seating configurations.

So far at Farnborough, Boeing has taken orders and options for 247 aircraft -- 222 for the 737 MAX, and 25 for the 737-800. Airbus, meanwhile, has taken orders at Farnborough for four A320neo aircraft.

For more information contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes online at www.boeing.com/commercial, or the Farnborough International Airshow at www.farnborough.com. Also follow Military & Aerospace Electronics and Avionics Intelligence daily Farnborough show coverage online at www.militaryaerospace.com/farnborough-report.

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