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In addition to safety concerns, the global economic slowdown and trade tensions are weighing on the wider mood in Paris.

The aircraft manufacturer has new orders lined up from airline customers on three continents for its widebody 787 Dreamliner and its beleaguered narrowbody 737 MAX.

Airbus sought on Friday to heighten anticipation surrounding a new longer-range version of its A321neo and hinted at new orders for its larger A330neo plane ahead of a Paris Airshow overshadowed by the grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX.

The deals follow Monday's announcement that Boeing will manage and maintain a global exchange inventory of parts for Airbus' A320 and A320neo single-aisle aircraft for British Airways, the first such agreement by the USA planemaker to support rival Airbus aircraft.

Delta, a major United States carrier, is the single biggest customer for the A220 and announced the new orders at the Paris air show. If all of the 35 options also announced are taken up, Saudia could be looking at a 100-plane A320neo fleet. The aircraft, scheduled for delivery between 2021 and 2026, will be used partly for expansion and partly to retire older A320s.

Boeing's Muilenburg on Sunday said the A321XLR would only " scratch an edge" of the market segment targeted by the NMA.

"The counter keeps clocking and continues to clock", Airbus sales chief Christian Scherer said at a ceremony Wednesday marking the deal with Indigo Partners, a USA backer of discount airlines.

If Tuesday's deal is converted into a firm order, it would be worth $24 billion according to list prices, but IAG said it had negotiated "a substantial discount".

The airliner, set to be rolled out in 2023, has an "unprecedented" long range of up to 4,700nm (nautical miles), Airbus said.

The announcement of yesterday's deal with International Airlines Group couldn't have come at a more opportune moment.

In a further competitive twist, Boeing said on Monday it would take over the supply of spare parts for the remaining Airbus A320 fleet at IAG's British Airways.

Christian Scherer also said in an interview with The Associated Press that Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035.

Another 737 Max 8, operated by Lion Air, crashed into the Java Sea on October 29 shortly after liftoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

  • Zachary Reyes