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French Airbus tops plane orders at Paris air show

2009-06-17 05:26:35 GMT2009-06-17 13:26:35 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

The Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighter, performs its demonstration flight, at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, during the 48th Paris Air Show, Tuesday June 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

The Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighter, performs its demonstration flight, at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, during the 48th Paris Air Show, Tuesday June 16, 2009.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

The French Dassault-made Rafale jet fighter, performs its demonstration flight, at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, during the 48th Paris Air Show, Tuesday June 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

The French Dassault-made Rafale jet fighter, performs its demonstration flight, at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, during the 48th Paris Air Show, Tuesday June 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

The French Dassault-made Rafale jet fighter, performs its demonstration flight, at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, during the 48th Paris Air Show, Tuesday June 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Airbus has so far edged itself into the top for plane orders on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, bettered its American rival Boeing, despite the global recession this year and recent plane crash, local media reported on Tuesday.

Airbus has secured a contract with Qatar Airways for 24 medium-haul A320 planes worth US$1.9 billion, followed by new orders for commercial planes from Vietnam Airlines. The aerospace giant on Tuesday announced a private order for an A320 Prestige high-end business plane, the first Asian buyer for the high-end business aircraft.

However, the planemaker still faces the plane crash concerns. Airbus, which hold a press conference at Paris Air Show Tuesday, defended its response to the recent crash of an Air France Airbus airliner and insisted their planes were safe, giving an upbeat assessment of the company prospects.

Starting on Monday, the Paris Air Show celebrates its 100th anniversary and runs through June 21.

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