Airbus ‘sets new world record’ by selling 730 aircraft in Paris

Airbus claims to have set a new world record by winning around $72.2bn (£44.7bn) worth of business selling 730 aircraft at the Paris Air Show this week.

The European aircraft manufacturer says the success, which comprises memoranda of understanding for 312 vehicles and firm purchase orders for 418 aircraft, is a record for any commercial company at an air show ever.

This achievement included another record for the most single-aisle aircraft the company has ever sold, with low-cost carrier Air Asia ordering 200 A320neo vehicles.

In total, Airbus sold 667 A320neos, worth $60.9bn.  Since the craft’s launch in December 2010, the company has received orders for 1,029 units, which it says makes it the best-selling airliner in the history of commercial aviation.