RPT-AIRSHOW-UPDATE 2-Airbus eyes military,civilian deals in Asia

jueves 4 de febrero de 2010 11:54 CET

* Announces sale of 6 A330-200s to Hong Kong Airlines

* Indonesia a potential market for A400M

* To raise Asia outsource spending, seeks partner in Vietnam (Repeats to additional subscribers with no change to text)

By Harry Suhartono and Mariko Katsumura

SINGAPORE, Feb 4 (Reuters) - European aerospace giant Airbus has agreed to sell six planes worth $1.15 billion to Hong Kong Airlines and said it was looking to secure more deals in Asia, including for the troubled A400M military transporter.

Indonesia, which has plans to renew its C-130 transport airplane fleet, is a potential market for the A400M, said Christian Duhain, a vice-president at Airbus parent EADS EAD.PA, said on Thursday. [ID:nSGE613030]

John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer for Airbus, told Reuters on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow that in terms of civilian deals, the company should finalise sales of wide-body A330 passenger jets to Asian customers in the next two weeks. [ID:nSGE61305H]

"We are working on a couple of deals right now, but again we are not going to rush to sign it just because of the airshow," Leahy said.

"I have deals in this region for some A330s that we are close to wrapping up... we may have to wait until next week or maybe the week after," he added without giving further details.   Continuación...