Though an Airbus executive admits, "There isn't a lot of new activity right now" when it comes to sales, the company still expects 850 orders for the year, after booking 754 orders through the first eight months. Sales were hurt over the summer as oil reached nearly $150 a barrel and airlines went into survival mode. "Now, with fuel going back to the $80 range, they're starting to come out of their bunkers and look around," says John Leahy, chief commercial officer at Airbus.

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