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Airbus Sees ‘Significant’ Orders At Paris Airshow

Airbus expects to win a “significant number” of orders at next month’s Paris Airshow, according to Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Marwan Lahoud

Lahoud was speaking at a news conference hosted by France’s GIFAS aerospace industry association, of which he is also president.

He also said Airbus’s delivery plans for the A400M military transporter faced possible disruption following a fatal crash earlier this month, but declined to comment further on the progress of a judicial investigation.

Airbus urged nations operating the plane this week to carry out tests on a piece of engine software.

“The work is ongoing. To understand the root cause, an (alert) was sent out as a precaution. As soon as we began to identify a certain number of aspects of what had happened, then it was our duty to warn operators,”

Two people familiar with the matter have said the crash may have been caused by a suspected problem in installing the software, but say it is too early to rule out other causes.

The A400M will be displayed on the ground at the Paris Airshow, but will not take part in daily flying displays.

Bombardier’s CS300 CSeries airliner will make its debut flying appearance there following a spate of development delays.

Other highlights include Ukraine’s Antonov An-178 military transporter, which staged a maiden flight earlier this month. France expects a record number of visitors and more than 2,200 exhibitors at the air show, which runs from June 15 to 21.

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