China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s: French presidency

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French President Emmanuel Macron greets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan as they arrive at the Arc de Triomphe monument to attend a wreath laying ceremony, in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron greets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan as they arrive at the Arc de Triomphe monument to attend a wreath laying ceremony, in Paris, France March 25, 2019. Francois Mori/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus signed a deal on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, including 290 A320 planes and 10 A350, the French presidency said in a statement.

"The conclusion of a big (aviation) contract ... is an important step forward and an excellent signal in the current context," said French President Emmanuel Macron said in a joint address with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.


(Reporting by John Irish, Marine Pennetier, Michel Rose)