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Airbus, Boeing got $3.1 billion order from Singapore Air-Tata venture

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Airbus and Boeing split firm orders for 19 jets from the Indian affiliate of Singapore Airlines that is seeking to start international flights and bolster local operations.

Vistara, as the airline is known, will buy 13 of the A320neo and A321neo jets that have a list price starting at about $111 million each and six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners at about $282 million apiece. The combined order is valued at $3.1 billion, excluding customary discounts, the carrier said in a statement Wednesday.

Offering premium services in three classes, the airline operates in one of the world’s most expensive aviation markets, where intense competition means fares can be as low as 2 cents despite jet fuel being the costliest in Asia.

Still, the allure of the nation of 1.2 billion people has prompted Singapore Air, Etihad Airways PJSC and AirAsia Bhd. to seek local partners and compete against the likes of budget airlines such as IndiGo and SpiceJet Ltd.

Additionally, Vistara will be renting 37 new A320neo family aircraft from leasing companies, according to its statement. The airline currently has a fleet of 21 single-aisle Airbus planes.

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