The 2008 orders race is underway as China Airlines, Air Europa, TAM and Jeju Air announced significant aircraft commitments or order confirmations. The most eye-opening occurred in Spain, where leisure carrier Air Europa, which in December 2004 became the first airline to order the original A350 (ATWOnline, Jan. 26, 2006), switched to the 787. The carrier yesterday announced an order for eight 787-8s worth $1.3 billion at list prices plus eight purchase rights. It was placed in 2007 and ...

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