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Paris show shifts focus from deal-making to plane-making

While blockbuster plane deals may be becoming more scarce, there is still plenty of demand for new aircraft, driven by robust local economies, low interest rates and new fuel-efficient jets.


AFTER the marketing triumphs of recent years, manufacturing moved into the spotlight on the opening day of the Paris Air Show as planemakers Airbus and Boeing battle to deliver a record US$1.8 trillion backlog of orders.

There was still the traditional burst of multi-billion-...

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