China's fighters shine at international show (2)

08:02, July 21, 2010      

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Interest around two jet fighters co-produced by China and Pakistan is taking off on the first day of their international debut.
Orders take off

Since 2004, when the air show was first held under civil rather than military oversight, airline orders and defense spending have normally dominated the week-long events.

The last air show in 2008 was a record-breaking year for the business with $88.7 billion worth of orders announced during the show.

This year had an exciting start with a flurry of deals taking place on the first day as airlines "opened up their cheque books", the London-based Daily Mail reported.

Boeing hogged most of the attention after winning a 6-billion pound ($9.1-billion) order for 30 of its 777 jetliners from Dubai-based airline Emirates.

The leasing arm of GE Capital, which buys planes and lends them to airlines, was another big spender. It ordered 100 planes, 40 from Boeing and 60 from Airbus, at a cost of $7.9 billion.

And Canadian manufacturer Bombardier won an order from Qatar Airways for three business jets worth $121 million.

The highlight of the show, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, on its debut outside North America, has given a further boost to the industry, which has been in the grips of the bleakest downturn since the Great Depression.

Thomson Airways will be the first UK airline to fly this fuel-efficient plane and will take delivery in January 2012, the Daily Mail reported.

"Overall, we are encouraged that 2010 will be a very buoyant year," says Shaun Ormrod, CEO of Farnborough International ltd., the organizer of the air show.

Source:China Daily
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