It's probable that John Leahy, Airbus's dapper chief salesman, never before had appeared at a press event during a major air show not wearing a tie. But after late-into-the-night negotiations with AirAsia X CEO Tony Fernandes produced an unexpected order for 10 A350-900s at the Paris Air Show (June 15-21), there were Leahy and Airbus CEO Tom Enders removing their neckwear just before beginning a press conference with Fernandes at Le Bourget to announce the deal. The ...

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