Airbus breaks new order record with 200-plane deal

By the Associated Press | June 23, 2011 | 6:00 AM EDT

FILE - This file computer image provided by Airbus Jan. 12, 2011, shows a A320neo jet. Airbus said Wednesday, June 22, 2011, Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has ordered 180 aircraft, including 150 of its new A320neo fuel saving jets, in what it calls "the biggest order in aviation history."(AP Photo/Airbus, file)

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Airbus says it has signed the largest aircraft order in history, an order for 200 of its fuel efficient A320neo jets from Asian low-cost carrier AirAsia.

AirAsia said Thursday that the order is worth $18.5 billion and is the largest order ever by an airline in terms of number of aircraft involved. Carriers often negotiate discounts on the list prices.

That tops the record set just Wednesday by Airbus with an order for 180 aircraft from Indian carrier IndiGo.

The announcement was made at the Paris Air Show, where Airbus has enjoyed huge success with its fuel-efficient A320neo.