Final count for Dubai Airshow orders tops $54bn as hundreds of planes are sold

Airbus dominates deals as Emirates confirms commitment to wide-bodies but Boeing celebrates taking Max orders
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Airbus enjoyed the lion’s share of aircraft orders at the Dubai Airshow last week, snatching half of the total value of deals, which was $54.5 billion at list price.

Well over 300 commercial aircraft were ordered by carriers, with UAE budget airline Air Arabia, which will soon be launching a joint low-cost venture with Etihad Airways, taking 120 Airbus A320s.

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Airbus signed deals for well over 200 planes, worth significantly more than Boeing’s $17.4 billion of orders.

However, Boeing managed to sell some of its troubled 737 Max planes, which has been battling to gain favour with airlines since two fatal crashes.

About $20 billion of orders were signed by low-cost carriers. But Emirates dominated the headlines, making around $25 billion of orders over the week for 30 787-9 Dreamliners and 50 A350s, confirming its commitment to wide-body aircraft.

Emirates’ orders however reflected a fleet restructuring, with a smaller variant of the Dreamliner being brought in to replace a reduced order of the delayed 777X.

Boeing secured orders from carriers Air Astana, SunExpress and an unidentified airline for its 737 Max, representing perhaps the largest victory of the show for any manufacturer.

Dubai Airshow 2019 order book

Air Arabia: Ordered 120 Airbus A320s

Air Astana: Ordered 30 Boeing 737 Max 8s

Air Peace: Ordered three Embraer E195-E2s 

Air Senegal: Ordered eight Airbus A220s

Biman Bangladesh: Ordered two 787 Dreamliners

Emirates: Ordered 50 Airbus A350s and 30 Boeing 787-9s

Flynas: Ordered 10 A321XLRs

GE Capital Aviation Services: Ordered 12 Airbus A330neos and 20 Airbus A321XLR

Ghana: Ordered three Boeing 787 Dreamliners and six De Havilland Dash 8-400s

Palma Holding: Ordered 20 De Havilland Dash 8-400s

SunExpress: Ordered 10 Boeing 737 Max 8s

Undisclosed airline: Ordered 20 Boeing 737 Max

The Dubai Airshow featured more than 1,288 exhibitors and received 84,043 trade attendees, organisers said.

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