A rather interesting article from Bloomberg Latin America:
June 4 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus SAS may win an order to supply Mexicana de Aviacion SA with 20 planes worth $800 million as Mexico's biggest international airline modernizes its fleet to reduce cost, said people familiar with the carrier's plans.
The government-owned airline will likely lease most of the planes, the people said. Mexicana spokesman Adolfo Crespo and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer John Leahy said the companies are in talks, though declined to give details.
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The Mexican carrier is considering Airbus's newest and smallest aircraft, the A318, a medium-range plane that usually seats 107 passengers, the people said. The plane has a list price of $40 million, though Airbus and Boeing have both been offering carriers discounts of as much as 30 percent, analyst said.
``This is the right time,'' said Bob Booth, chairman of Miami- based airline consultancy Aviation Management Services. ``They are probably getting a heck of a deal from Airbus.''
Paris Air Show maybe?
[Edited 2003-06-07 00:32:58]