FAST FIVE: It's Airbus 13,000,000,000 – Boeing 0, On The First Day Of The Paris Air Show

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Among those lining up to order Europe's iconic (if subsidized) airlines included Air Lease Corp., the giant US leasing company, which agreed to buy planes worth $11 billion before customary discounts, including the new A321XLR.

“As far as we are concerned, you should expect a very positive Paris Air Show with a lot of orders,” Faury said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

Airbus's decision to start sales of the XLR could help sway customers who had been looking at both options.

But if the first day was bad, the final airshow total will be devastating for Boeing.

According to aviation consultancy IBA Group, firm and outline orders will total 575 planes, with 435 going to Airbus.

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