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Airbus Swipes at Boeing as A321 Deal Staves Off Order-Free Dubai

  • European planemaker books $3.6 billion contract for 30 planes
  • Sales chief Leahy says at least transaction is `a real deal'

Airbus Group SE escaped order oblivion at the Dubai Air Show after negotiating a last-minute agreement to sell 30 narrow-body planes to VietJet Aviation -- prompting the European planemaker to take a swipe at Boeing Co. over the announcement of a deal that had already been booked.

VietJet agreed to buy nine current-generation A321s and 21 upgraded A321neos worth $3.6 billion at list prices after negotiations that carried on into the night Monday and were concluded shortly before the order announcement on Tuesday morning, John Leahy, Airbus’s sales chief, said at the Dubai expo.