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As Farnborough Air Show Sizzles, Airbus Makes Expo a Slow Burner

  • Boeing pulls in major orders on first two days of event
  • Airbus says focus is on supply chain more than deals
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Airbus 'Slightly Behind' Delivery Target, CEO Faury Says

At the Farnborough International Airshow this year, visitors and exhibitors dashed from one air-conditioned hall to the next to escape the sweltering heat. In the Airbus SE chalet on the edge of the airfield, the buzz of previous years, when the European planemaker belted out aircraft order after order, was conspicuously absent.

In the first two days of the event, Airbus announced a single purchase from Delta Air Lines Inc. for its smaller A220 model. Arch-rival Boeing Co., meanwhile, kept busy with a parade of deals, bringing its haul by Tuesday afternoon to 135 new firm orders, compared with Airbus’s dozen.