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Airbus gears up for Paris Air Show

Airbus gears up for Paris Air Show

The grand opening may be over a week away, but the buzz is already building around the Paris Air Show with a host of aviation orders making the press.

Reports from India suggest Jet Airways, the largest carrier in the country, and budget carrier GoAir are in line to order $6.5 billion worth of Airbus aircraft at the forthcoming event.

Reports from the Economic Times of India, suggest Jet chairman Naresh Goyal will outline plans to purchase ten Airbus A330 aircraft - worth $2.5 billion.

The aircraft will be employed as part of a wider strategy to expand in Europe.

At the same time, GoAir is looking to order at least 50 narrow-body A320 jets worth $4 billion for short-haul domestic routes.

The first of the planes could be in service as soon as 2012.

Both orders were still being negotiated but were in the final stages, the newspaper added, quoting unnamed sources within Airbus.

The Economic Times added budget airline IndiGo would also push ahead with a previously announced order for 180 A320 aircraft with an estimated value of $15 billion.