It was the biggest new plane announcement expected at the Paris Air Show gathering of aviation industry powerhouses.
Boeing is considering whether to build a new jet with the concept dubbed New Midsize Airplane, or NMA that would be close in size to the A321XLR. It would fill a gap in the Boeing lineup between the smaller 737 and the larger 777 and 787.
Right after the launch, Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation signed a letter of intent to buy 27 of the new Airbus planes.
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