General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has placed orders worth an estimated $3.2 billion with Airbus Industrie and Boeing for up 52 aircraft.

The deal with Airbus, for 30 A320 family aircraft plus options on a further 10, takes the US leasing company's orders for the twinjet to 82 aircraft. The newly ordered aircraft, all of which are CFM International CFM56-5 powered, will be delivered between early 2003 and 2006. The deal takes Airbus firm orders through the 3,000 unit mark and the backlog to over 1,200 aircraft.

GECAS has placed its first order for the Boeing 767-400ER, with a deal for three aircraft along with nine smaller -300ERs. The latter batch has already been placed with airlines says GECAS. The order is worth $1.27 billion, and deliveries will begin next year (-300ERs) and conclude in 2002. All the aircraft will be powered by the GE CF6-80C2B7F engines.

Source: Flight International