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AirAsia placed and order for 200 Airbus SAS A320neo planes which surpassed a record contract held by Indian carrier IndiGo.  The deal came to total of $18 billion,  IndiGo was not far off from holding the record, they ordered 180 A320 aircraft. 

Another step has been taken towards Biofuel in commercial aviation.  Honeywell's green jet fuel which was a 50/50 blend of Honeywell's green Jet fuel and petroleum based jet fuel, which powered the Gulfstream G450.  The energy crop camelina was used to produce the biofuel, which was cultivated by US-based Sustainable Oils, a provider of camelina-based technology.  Honeywell's green jet fuel reduced the CO2 emissions given off from the aircraft by 5.5 tonnes.

Honeywell Aerospace is displaying its new EVS/SVS display at the Paris Air Show.  The system combines digital images of the surrounding terrain from a database, which are captured by a camera on the planes nose cone.  The system then takes those images and enhances them on a screen making it much easier for the pilot to see. 

Airbus announced that Chilean carrier LAN Airlines has ordered 20 A320neo Air Craft, reports the Washington Post.  The new A320neo is a single-aisle aircraft that uses 15 percent less fuel than the standard A320.   The new A320neo has improved engines and modified wingtips.  Since last December the A320neo has racked up more than 600 orders and commitments due to the rising fuel prices.  To read

Airbus announced that Chilean carrier LAN Airlines has ordered 20 A320neo Air Craft, reports the Washington Post.  The new A320neo is a single-aisle aircraft that uses 15 percent less fuel than the standard A320.   The new A320neo has improved engines and modified wingtips.  Since last December the A320neo has racked up more than 600 orders and commitments due to the rising fuel prices.  To read more

On the third day of the Paris Air Show, horrendous weather and a public transportation strike is causing chaos, delaying multiple order announcements for Airbus and has put a dampening mood on Boeing's display of its new 787 jet. 

Airbus SAS reached its goal of 500 orders for its new A320 neo aircraft at the end of the second day of the Paris Air Show.  Airbus has now put the pressure on its competitor Boeing Co. to build a new aircraft with in the coming years. 

The new Beriev 202, a firefighting airplane performed a demonstration flight the first day of the Paris Air Show.  In past couple of years the Beriev Be-200 Altair has help fight massive forest fires in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Malaysia, Indonesia and Israel.  Due to Global Warming, there has been a growing threat of forest fires.  Beriev has has 26 confirmed orders in Russia and is seeking more at this weeks Air Show.  Beriev Be-200 was recently certified by Europe's aviation safety agency, and is now interested in breaking into the U.S.

General Electric (GE)  the worlds biggest maker of jet engines expects to pick up more than $10 billion worth of orders during this weeks Paris Air Show.  Airline companies are facing rising cost in fuel which has them seeking more fuel efficient engines.  Orders for engine sizes will vary, but the primary focus will be in the narrow-body market.  GE is offering a new engine for the Airbus SAS A320neo single- aisle aircraft, which will be 15 percent more efficient than the current models.  To read more on the Paris Air Show

A new hypersonic jet is on display at the Paris Air Show, the jet is named ZEHST which stands for Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation.  The plane is expected to reach speed of 3,125 mph, or roughly four times the speed of sound.  The project is being overseen by Airbus' parent company EADS , THey expect the planes to carry roughly 100 passengers, and expects the at the aircraft will be able to launch for regular runway, omitting the sonic boom noieses of the Concorde.