Low-cost Indonesian carrier Lion Air has signed a contract to order a record 234 single-aisle passenger planes from Airbus in a deal worth 18.4 billion euros ($24 billion), France and Airbus said on Monday.
President Francois Hollande's office called the deal with Lion Air, traditionally a client of Boeing , "the biggest for Airbus in terms of the number of aircraft and the overall sum."
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The contract for the A320 planes trumped that between Lion Air and Boeing in 2011 for 201 planes worth $22 billion. Lion Air has been rapidly growing its fleet to meet the need for medium-haul jets servicing the growing aviation market in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country. ($1 = 0.7654 euros)
(Reporting by Julien Ponthus and Tim Hepher. Writing By Alexandria Sage; editing by Mark John)