Airbus, Boeing look to new contracts at air show

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A Korean Air Lines Airbus A380 performs its demonstration flight, on the first day of the Paris air show at le Bourget airport, east of Paris, Monday June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Airbus is jockeying with rival Boeing for new orders at the aviation industry's premier event — and the European planemaker is hoping it doesn't see any more glitches.

Low-cost Nordic carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle announced an order at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday for 15 Boeing 737-800 planes in a deal worth $1.2 billion at list prices. Carriers often negotiate discounts on big orders.

Airbus began the day officializing a deal with Rolls Royce to supply new, more powerful engines for a revamped version of the A350-1000.

Airbus and Boeing announced a total of $25 billion in orders, options and commitments as the show opened on Monday. But Airbus also suffered a clipped wing on its superjumbo A380 and announced delays to the A350-1000.

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