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More large orders for Airbus and Boeing

Lufthansa has announced an order for 35 aircraft - 30 A320neos and 5 B777Fs - continuing the trend of large orders being placed for new aircraft over the past few months. Since the beginning of the year, Airbus and Boeing have won firm order and commitments for more than 350 aircraft, with Boeing's B777 and Airbus A320neo both winning strong orders.

Aerospace stocks settled generally lower on Wednesday, with the heaviest falls at BAE Systems and GKN Aerospace. Bombardier, Zodiac Aerospace and AviChina shares all gained ground. Shares in EADS, parent of Airbus, were flat.

Selected Aerospace daily share price movements (% change): 16-Mar-2011