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AEROSPACE ROUNDUP: Airbus, Boeing Sell, Lease More Than 110 Planes

Aug. 6, 2015
Boeing sells, leases 15 planes to El Al Airlines in Israel. ... Airbus receives an order for 31 planes from IAG. ... Iran turns to both aerospace giants for at least 80 planes to update its decades-old fleet.

NEW YORK — Boeing said Wednesday that El Al Israel Airlines intends to purchase and lease as many as 15 of Boeing's high-tech 787 Dreamliners. El Al also has confirmed purchase rights for 13 additional airplanes, Boeing said in a brief statement that did not specify the breakdown between purchases and leasing.

The average 2015 list prices for the three-model 787 family range from $224.6 million to $306.1 million, according to the Boeing website. Commercial planes are often sold below their list price.

The 787 Dreamliner, which entered service in 2011, is a twin-aisle aircraft with a largely composite structure that Boeing says delivers fuel efficiency.

"We are honored that El AL has selected the 787 for its fleet renewal plan," Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said. "The Dreamliner will be an excellent addition to El Al's all-Boeing fleet and marks another chapter in a partnership between our two companies that spans over half a century."

BRITISH AIRWAYS and IAG: LONDON — British Airways and Iberia holding company International Airlines Group (IAG) said Thursday it had ordered 31 Airbus plans, including firm orders for 11 longhaul craft for its Spanish airline.

The order by Anglo-Spanish IAG — which includes eight A350-900 and three A330-300 widebody craft for Iberia — covers a total of 31 Airbus planes with a book value of $4.6 billion (4.23 billion euros). The aircraft are expected to be delivered between 2016 and 2021.

IAG also said it had converted options it took in 2013 into firm orders for 20 Airbus 320neo planes to facilitate fleet replacement for the group airlines that also include low-cost Spanish company Vueling, and Aer Lingus of Ireland which it is in the process of acquiring.

Reinforcement of the Iberia fleet follows a difficult period for the carrier in recent years, which required heavy restructuring to improve its financial performance.

IRAN: TEHRAN, Iran – Iran plans on buying 80 to 90 Airbus and Boeing passenger planes per year until 300 are in place to replace its aging fleet, media reported earlier this week, quoting a civil aviation official.

Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) deputy chief Mohammad Khodakarami said the July 14 nuclear deal struck with Western powers lifts a ban preventing Iran from purchasing new planes and spare parts. An embargo dating from 1995 prevents Western manufacturers from selling equipment and spare parts to Iranian companies.

Khodakarami said the CAO would renovate the national fleet by purchasing an equal number of Airbus and Boeing planes at an estimated cost of $20 billion (18.38 billion euros). 

The Iranian fleet has around 140 aircraft, most 20 years old and in desperate need of replacement.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2015

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