Dubai air show order book worth $206.1bn

01 December 2013

THE total order book for the Dubai Air Show broke all previous record with a value of $206.1 billion – the largest in any airshow history.

Organiser F&E Aerospace, a division of F&E, described the show as “an overwhelming success,” drawing 60,692 trade attendees from around the world along with 1,046 exhibitors from 60 countries and 1,735 international and regional media.

Boeing and Airbus, accounted for about $179 billion in combined orders. Boeing announced up to $101.5 billion in aircraft orders at the show thanks to big demand for its planned long-haul 777X aircraft. More than $95 billion of its orders were for those planes.

Airbus obtained orders worth $44 billion with Emirates including 50 A380 super jumbos at a price tag of $20 billion. Emirates placed an order worth $55.6 billion for 115 777-9X aircraft, which is designed to carry more than 400 passengers. It also ordered 35 777-8Xs, which have a capacity of 350 passengers.

Etihad Airways ordered 17 of the bigger model and eight of the 777-8Xs, while Qatar Airways bought 50 777-9Xs.  The aircraft, due to enter service around 2020, will be 12 per cent more fuel efficient than the Airbus A350, says Boeing.

Bombardier Aerospace had firm orders and commitments for up to 38 aircraft valued at up to $2.01 billion.

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced an order for its new E2 series from an unnamed Middle East operator.

Rolls-Royce, the British engines maker, entered a strategic partnership with the UAE government-owned Mubadala Aerospace to service its Trent XWB engines.

DC Aviation of Germany and the UAEs Al Futtaim launched the first fully integrated, free-standing hangar and FBO operation with a private lounge at Al Maktoum International Airport’s Aviation District at Dubai World Central.

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