Amadeusz Juskowiak

Airbus signs one billion dlr japanese contract

The European Airbus Industrie consortium has signed a one billion dlr contract to sell 10 A320 shorthaul jets to All Nippon Airways of Japan with an option on the sale of a further 10 planes an Airbus spokesman said today

The 10 planes on firm order will be delivered between September 1990 and November 1991 and will be powered either by CFM565S engines made by the FrancoUS CFM International consortium or V2500S engines built by the International Aero Engine group

The spokesman declined to comment on a New York Times report that Airbus is about to announce a sale to American Airlines

But industry sources said American was about to announce the purchase of 25 widebodied planes from Airbus as well as 15 747s from Boeing Co BAN

Airbus has already signed large deals with Pan Am Corp PNN NWA Inc NWA and Eastern Airlines Inc EALN as well as a smaller contract with Continental Airlines

The A320 made its first flight on February 22 and is not due to enter commercial service until March next year

The All Nippon purchase brings the total number of commitments to the A320 to 439 from 16 airlines comprising 275 firm orders and 164 options