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Airbus deal with Japan Airlines 'very significant'

7 October 2013 Last updated at 12:09 BST

Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus has announced its first deal with Japanese carrier Japan Airlines (JAL).

It has won an order from JAL for 31 of its A350 planes, in a deal worth nearly $9.5bn (£5.9bn) at list prices.

Aerospace industry analyst Howard Wheeldon told BBC World: "It's a very, very big deal for Airbus, principally because it breaks them into a market which they have traditionally been pushed out of by their big competitor Boeing."

"For a European to break into the Japanese market I think is very, very significant so it is a great coup for Airbus", he added.

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