On March 18, the European Aeronautics consortium won the largest contract in its history, when the Indonesian low-cost airline, Lion Air, ordered 234 mid-range A320 aircraft for a total of €18.4bn.

The huge contract "will keep 5,000 Airbus workers and many subcontractors busy for the next 10 years, and it will also consolidate the company's leadership of on the booming Asian low-cost market," the business daily delightedly announces.