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Asia's budget carrier in big deals to retain lead

AirAsia's latest US$12.6b purchase of 100 A321neo jets nudges Airbus ahead of arch-rival Boeing in the order tally

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"I never thought we'd get this big," says Mr Fernandes, seen here with Airbus Group CEO Fabrice Bregier and COO John Leahy during a media briefing at the Farnborough Air Show outside London.

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EARLIER this year over Iranian food in London, Tony Fernandes was discussing the outlines of his most audacious aircraft purchase yet with two Airbus Group executives. When it came time to pay, neither of the planemaker's top brass had the required cash, so Mr Fernandes picked

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