PARIS Aug 30 Airbus EAD.PA sales chief John
Leahy dismissed claims by Boeing (BA.N) that an upgraded 737
would offer significantly better performance than the A320neo
and pledged to win the battle for orders.
"Once again, Boeing is in denial," Leahy said. "The
re-engined 737 cannot possibly match the fuel efficiency and
maintenance cost savings of the A320neo family. We'll see the
real world results in our order books.
Boeing said ealier on Tuesday its board had approved the
launch of a new variant of its best-selling 737 with improved
engines after winning almost 500 commitments from five airlines.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by James Regan)