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Airbus set to trump Boeing in sales race

Airbus, the main subsidiary of EADS, has enjoyed 2011 largely thanks to strong demand for a revamped version of its A320 narrow-body workhorse.
It stole a march on Boeing last year by unveiling plans for the A320neo, which should burn 15 per cent less fuel than the existing A320 aircraft because of its new engines.

Airlines have been clamouring for fuel-efficient aircraft – because of high oil prices – and Airbus knew the quickest way to respond was to embark on a modest overhaul of the A320 rather than opting for the more ambitious plan of building a new jet.

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