The European Airbus Industrie consortium has dealt a serious blow to America’s Boeing by winning a contract worth up to £2.2bn in Boeing’s back yard.
Philadelphia-based US Airways has bought seven long-range, twin-jet A330-200 widebodies, signed options on seven more and has reserved delivery positions for another 16.
US Airways may exchange its optioned and reserved-delivery A330 aircraft for four-jet A340s.
British Aerospace, which builds wings for Airbus, has a 20% stake in the consortium and stands to make up to £440m from the order.
In another major Airbus deal, Air France said last week that it would order up to 40 more A319 and A321 short-range Airbus aircraft 20 firm and 20 options.
The next target for Airbus is a potential £2.43bn order for 30 airliners from British Airways one of Boeing’s most important customers.