Friday, June 21, 2013
PARIS – Aviation companies at the 50th Paris Air Show announced deals for about 1,460 aircraft over the show's four business days, signaling a healthy global aerospace industry. The show's top aircraft sales performer was Europe-based Airbus, which made deals for 536 single-aisle and widebody passenger jets, according to Avionics Intelligence. Airbus places the figure at 466. South American aircraft manufacturer Embraer was a star early on. It held the top spot in aircraft sales over the first two days of the show with strong sales of the recently introduced E2 family of regional passenger jets. (Source: Avionics Intelligence, 06/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground in April on an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; Embraer, whose U.S. headquarters are in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in March 2013 had a ribbon-cutting for its Super Tucano assembly plant in Jacksonville, Fla. It also builds executive jets in Melbourne, Fla.