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Paris Air Show: More next-generation planes ordered

Boeing 747
Image caption Boeing's new 747 is drawing lots of attention at the Paris Air Show

The second day of the Paris Air Show has seen brisk trade, with further competition between the two biggest aircraft makers Airbus and Boeing.

An order by Malaysia's low-cost airline AirAsia for 200 of Airbus' new upgraded A320neo planes, potentially worth $18bn (£11.1bn), is expected this week.

But its US rival has already received several orders for its new, lengthened 747-8 jumbo.

Airbus and Boeing announced $25bn in orders for 198 aircraft on Monday.

The show is taken very seriously in the industry.

Aerospace companies have been told to stop using devices that jam mobile phone signals to avoid corporate subterfuge at their sales tents at the show. Such actions are illegal in France.

Orders placed

A senior AirAsia official told the AFP news agency on Monday that "we are looking at 200 jets", with many hoping the deal for the fast-expanding airline will be announced shortly.

JetBlue Airways ordered 40 A320neos, US jet-leasing firm CIT Aerospace agreed to buy 50 and Taiwan's TransAsia Airways ordered six, worth $600m.

Low-cost Nordic carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle placed an order for 15 Boeing 737-800s, worth $1.2bn, and Aeroflot ordered eight 777 planes from Boeing in a deal worth more than $2bn.

Airbus said Indonesia airline Garuda bought 25 A320 aircraft. Scandinavia's SAS Airlines, Gecas leasing company, Saudi Arabian Airlines and others also placed orders.

Canada's Bombardier and Brazil's Embraer also had several orders in another successful day.

Europe's Airbus has now received orders and commitments to buy more than 400 of the A320neos.

The medium-haul 150-seater planes are a redesign of the traditional A320 that cuts emissions by 15%, reducing clients' carbon footprints and their fuel bills.

Delays

Boeing is considering whether to upgrade its 737 planes in response to the apparent popularity of the A320neo, or whether to develop a new plane altogether.

The US firm said it intended to take its time over the decision and would not be making an announcement at the air show.

Airbus announced on Saturday a two-year delay to its new stretched A350 jets.

The A350-1000 will not be delivered until 2017, as Airbus wants to give Rolls Royce more time to develop engines for the plane.

The standard A350-900 is still expected to be ready by late 2013.

This year's Paris Air Show is taking place at Le Bourget exhibition centre on the outskirts of Paris from 20 to 26 June 2011.

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