The battle for new orders between planemakers Airbus and Boeing has begun at the Farnborough air show, with British Airways parent company IAG announcing an Airbus A320 aircraft deal.
IAG said it was converting 20 A320 options into a firm order.
The aircraft, whose wings are made in the UK, are intended to replace 21 short-haul BA planes. BA already operates 120 Airbus single-aisle aircraft covering the full A320 “family” range, from the smallest A318 to the largest A321.
The order by IAG sustains several thousand aviation jobs throughout the UK and contributes some £40 million to the UK economy.
In another boost for the UK, Airbus has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines to power its just-announced new A330-800 and A330-900 planes for which deliveries are expected to start in the last part of 2017.