Air Canada yesterday dealt a blow to Airbus's efforts to grow its North American orderbook and win an A350 customer when the Canadian carrier inked a large deal with Boeing for potentially 100 long-haul Boeing 777s and 787s. The carrier for several months has been evaluating aircraft to replace its mixed widebody fleet of 65 A330s, A340s and 767s. Many observers thought Air Canada was leaning toward Airbus because it already operates a large fleet of about 110 narrowbody A320 family ...

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