FARNBOROUGH, England — Plane makers notched up more orders on the third day of the Farnborough International Airshow on Wednesday – bringing the tally past $25 billion – as a resurgence in commercial aviation offset the gloom from governments’ sharp cuts to defense programs.
EADS-owned Airbus took the limelight early Wednesday, booking orders from Germania, an airline based in Berlin, and Indonesian national carrier Garuda. Thai Airways also made a commitment to buy seven A330-300s worth $1.48 billion at catalog prices, which Airbus expects to be firmed up by the end of the summer.
Analysts don’t expect anything close to the record-breaking $88.7 billion worth of deals announced at Farnborough in 2008, but the gathering has already exceeded the slow orders for commercial planes of around $7 billion at sister show Le Bourget near Paris last year.
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