January 11, 2017 / 9:08 AM / 6 months ago

Airbus officially books IranAir order in December

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An Airbus A321 with the Iranian flag and description "The airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran" is parked at the Airbus facility in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, December 19, 2016.Fabian Bimmer

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus (AIR.PA) has officially booked a deal to sell 98 aircraft to IranAir in December, part of a surge in new orders at the end of last year that allowed it to beat arch-rival Boeing (BA.N) in the race for new orders.

The European planemaker said on Wednesday that it won 731 net aircraft orders in 2016, including 321 in December alone.

Alongside the Iran deal, Airbus also posted an order for 72 A320neo aircraft from India's Go Air.

It also booked an order for 90 A320 family jets from an undisclosed customer, expected to be from Saudi carrier flynas, plus an order for 42 A320 family jets, expected to be from Shanghai-based Bank of Communications Financial Leasing.

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Writing by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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