By Tim Hepher

<p class = "web-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "PARIS (Reuters) – Asian-controlled leasing companies splashed Airliners worth $ 25 billion at list price to find bargains as planners, Airbus and Boeing data-reactid = "32"> PARIS (Reuters) – Asian-controlled leasing companies have invested $ 25 billion in passenger jets at list prices to find bargains as planners, Airbus and Boeing ran to finish a relatively quiet year with new orders.

The contracts of more than 200 jet aircraft are expected to be released this week by the US group Boeing and its European rival Airbus, which will shed light on the extent to which trade tensions and economic uncertainty are holding back a market that is already losing momentum. .

China's ICBC Financial Leasing has confirmed the ordering of 80 Airbus A320 family aircraft valued at $ 8.8 billion at list prices, industry sources said Monday. It was not clear if ICBC would be publicly identified.

Airbus declined to comment on the deal, which had already been linked to a temporary order for 80 jets unveiled last year at the Farnborough Air Show. The name of the Chinese buyer has been concealed in the face of rising trade tensions.

ICBC was not immediately available for comment.

The move is part of a wave of buying Asian backers in the final hours of 2018, as Japanese company SMBC Aviation agreed to acquire some 65 Airbus jets, the source said. This is in addition to an Avolon 100-jet Airbus order owned by HNA.

Airbus has announced that it will release its annual figures on Friday, but could do so even sooner after speculation on deliveries that has rocked the course of its action.

Despite reports in the media and media that Airbus missed its annual target of 800 planes, several sources do not exclude a positive surprise after a frantic New Year's Eve.

Boeing, which will begin the last weeks of 2018 with a large lead over Airbus, is expected to announce commercial data on Tuesday and is expected to retain its crown as the world's largest jet producer.

It has not announced firm orders since November but a taste of what is expected for December has come with barely noticed stock market listings confirming the demand from Chinese lenders.

Hong Kong's China Aircraft Leasing (CALC) has signed two contracts each for 25 Boeing 737 MAXs, one of which has slipped under the wire just before the 2019 fireworks. This move potentially doubles its first Boeing order. at 50,737.

The Singapore-based company, BOC Aviation, has announced orders for the month of December for 11 Boeing 737 MAX and three Boeing 777-300ER Long Range. The company listed in Hong Kong also bought two Airbus A350-900s.

Boeing's marketing director, Randy Tinseth, announced in a blog that the 777 mini-jumbo had exceeded 2,000 orders since its launch in 1990, after a total of 17 orders from BOC and another non-buyer. identified.

Combined with signs of demand elsewhere, Boeing's orders enable it to record net orders from 2018 over deliveries, which it anticipates at 810-815 aircraft.

With nearly 400 aircraft sold in December, Airbus is closer than expected of this positive order ratio compared to deliveries, but announced eight years of growth in its order book could weaken in 2018.

(Report by Tim Hepher, edited by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Mark Potter)