New Boeing Jet and F-35 Demand Lift Aerospace Spirits in Paris – New York Times

By REUTERSJune 19, 2017

PARIS — The Paris Airshow opened under bright blue skies on Monday, with a new member of Boeing’s best-selling 737 range set to vie for attention with a potentially huge order for F-35 fighter jets and a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron.

After years of booming orders, driven by rising air travel and more fuel-efficient planes, passenger jetmakers are bracing for a slowdown in demand while they focus on meeting tight delivery schedules and ambitious production targets.

But U.S. planemaker Boeing is expected to generate a fresh burst of activity at the world’s biggest airshow by launching the 737 MAX 10 to plug a gap against European rival Airbus’s A321neo.

Industry sources say the 190-230 seat plane could attract in the region of 150 orders at the July 19-25 Paris event.

Not to be outdone, Airbus is close to clinching a roughly $5 billion deal with low-cost carrier Viva Air Peru for about 30 planes, two industry sources said on Sunday.

While demand for passenger jets may be faltering, there are signs interest in military aircraft is picking up after years in the doldrums due to budget cuts and weak economic growth.

Lockheed Martin is in the final stages of negotiating a $37 billion-plus deal to sell 440 F-35 fighter jets to a group of 11 nations including the United States, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

That would be the biggest deal yet for the stealthy warplane, set to make its Paris Airshow debut this week.

In another boost for a defence project, French President Emmanuel Macron was due to fly into the show on an Airbus A400M military transporter in his first official engagement since winning a parliamentary majority in elections on Sunday.

His arrival is expected to be followed by a flypast by the world’s largest passenger plane, the

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