GECAS orders 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft

GECAS orders 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft

PARIS - Lessor GECAS has placed an order for 100 Airbus <AIR.PA> A320neo aircraft, selecting CFM engines, due to be delivered from 2020 to 2024, the companies said on Monday at the Paris Airshow.

The order comes after Boeing <BA.N> unveiled plans for a new version of its rival narrowbody jet on Monday, the 737 MAX 10.

Airbus sales chief John Leahy said he did not view the new Boeing model as a rival to the A321.

"We think the 737 MAX-10 is a competitor to the (MAX)9 and that's why a lot of people are converting," he said.

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier added the manufacturer was in talks with several potential customer over a planned upgrade for its A380 superjumbo, dubbed the A380plus.

The new wingtips, unveiled on Sunday, would only be put into production if Airbus received "a large order", he said. REUTERS