The new Boeing 747-8 superjumbo has touched down in France for its international debut at the Paris Air Show.
The US-made aircraft comes with a cool 222 million euro price tag. Boeing hopes emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East will bring in the big orders this year. It said two unnamed carriers have agreed to buy 17 747-8’s, worth 3.9 billion euros at list prices.
The show was opened by French President Nicolas Sarkozy but he was unable to see Airbus try and steal the show on home soil.
This year’s event has been far from ‘plane sailing’ for the Toulouse-headquartered firm. Its much delayed A400M military transport plane missed a display routine with a gearbox problem.
And its flagship A380 superjumbo, the world’s largest jetliner, was involved in a taxiway collision on Sunday. An A380 owned by Korean Airlines had to be shuttled in as a replacement.
There was some good news for the EADS-owned company: Malaysia’s AirAsia is reported to be close to inking a 12-billion euro deal with Airbus for 200 of its aircraft.
Held every two years, the Paris Air Show is the industry’s showpiece event and showcases the latest in military and civil aviation technology