Airbus has won orders worth $ 30 billion for 1
On the second day of the Dubai air show, Emirates announced the purchase of 50 Airbus A350-900 XWBs – extremely wide bodies – aircraft at a starting price of $ 16 billion.
This was closely followed by the fast-growing low-cost carrier Air Arabia, which orders 170 Airbus A320s worth $ 14 billion.
The European aircraft manufacturer makes its wings in the UK.
Both airlines are likely to receive a discount on the list price, given the size of the orders.
Air Arabia CEO Adel Ali told reporters that ordering the plane was a "game-changer" for the airline. He said this would allow Air Arabia to expand into Southeast Asia and Africa.
Meanwhile, Emirates has stated that its order, announced at a fast-convening press conference after the last-minute talks, will be used to help reformulate the fleet as the airline adjusts to the slowing regional market and the early end of super-dumbo production A380 jet.
Emirates is the largest operator of the A380, with more than 100 aircraft in its fleet.
The chairman and CEO of the airline, Sheikh Ahmed bin Said Al Maktoum, said the A350 would allow Emirates to expand its network over the long haul. The first of the A350s, flying up to 15 hours and carrying 350 passengers, will be delivered in 2023.
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"This is very good news for Airbus", the European Aerospace Space At the press conference, the CEO of the giant Guillaume Fari. He added that there would be no repeal of the decision earlier this year to suspend production of the A380.
Emirates stated that the airline is still in talks with rival Airbus Boeing to buy more aircraft from the US manufacturer.
Sheikh Ahmed said that talks continue with Boeing at the Air Show, with everything ready for discussion, including when the US aerospace giant can solve problems around its 737 Max, which is currently based after two catastrophes.
Emirates had previously stated that it could buy 40 from Boeing's 787 Dreamliners, but had not yet confirmed the order.