Day 1 live: Dubai Airshow 2013

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Dubai Airshow 2013: Day 1 live from Dubai World Central

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16.30pm
So all in all, the first day of the Dubai Airshow 2013 has been action-packed with the Gulf carriers making some huge orders. Let's see how tomorrow pans out. That's it for us folks. See you on Monday...

16.25pm
The big reveal from this presser is the launch of Etihad Regional - looks like we might see it in other parts of the world.

16.15pm
Deal with Darwin brings secondary routes into Etihad's network. Darwin will brand its planes Etihad Regional.

16.10pm
Darwin will add 20 new routes in 2014. New routes complement networks of Etihad and its equity partners.

16.05 ETIHAD PRESS CONFERENCE
In its third press conference of the day, Etihad Airways announces that it is to launch its first branded regional operation after taking a 33.3% stake in Swiss carrrier Darwin Airline.

15.40pm
Etihad Airways order with CFM International is for 52 LEAP-1A engines to power 26 new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The airline has also ordered 1150 Rolls Royce engines.

15.35pm
More on Eithad's deal for 117 Airbus aircraft:
- 40 A350-900s
- 10 A350-1000s
- 1 A330-200F
- 26 A321neos
- 10 A320neos

15.27pm
And back to the Etihad conference, James Hogan says the Midfield Terminal will be delivered on time and Abu Dhabi Airport Company CEO Tony Douglas is the right man to achieve this.

15.20pm
Here's more about Qatar Airways expanding its Airbus A330 Freighter fleet

15.15pm ETIHAD PRESS CONFERENCE
Etihad orders 50 A350s, 36 A320 Neos, 115 Rolls Royce engines and around 50 CFM engines

14.39 QATAR AIRWAYS PRESS CONFERENCE
Akbar Al Baker announces order for 13 A330 freighters, plus options. New cargo terminal opening in Doha in two weeks

14.30pm AND WE'RE BACK!
Ice cream for lunch? Go on then... and while you are there take a look at Emirates ordering 50 A380s and 150 777-Xs

13.05pm FLYDUBAI
Find out what the flydubai deal with Boeing means here

12.54pm BOEING 777X launch
Read more about the 777X launch here

12.48pm
Emirates will not go below 18-inch seat width for A380

12.45pm
Emirates will launch some two-class A380s in October with 617 seats

12.41pm
Sheikh Ahmed says he prefers to keep Emirates operating out of one airport...

12.31pm
Did you know? Emirates has 39 A380s in operation and 101 now on order...

12.30pm EMIRATES ORDERS 50 A380s
Sheikh Ahmed annouces orders for 50 Airbus A380s - worth US$23 billion

12.16pm
A few details about 777X...

- First twin-aisle launch in history to achieve 259 orders and commitments
- 777X will be the largest, most-efficient twin-engine jet in the world
- Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways commit to 777X
- The 777X advances the world's most efficient, flexible twin-aisle family

12.22pm
Here's more details about flydubai's order...
- Commitment includes up to 100 737 MAX, 11 Next-Generation 737-800s
- Order valued at $11.4 billion at list prices
- Largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane purchase in Middle East
- flydubai continues expansion with all-Boeing fleet

12.16pm
GE looks like exclusive engine provider for 777X. GE9X is the engine - and it will be the most efficient engine ever made.

12.15pm OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF 777X
And now @Boeing CEO Jim McNerney announces 777X officially. Vale of commitments from four airlines worth US$100 billion. Two models - 8 and 9. Claims it will be most efficient plane on the market. Proud of Emirates' confidence in plane.

12.12 QATAR AIRWAYS
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker announces letter of intent for 50 777Xs worth US$19 billion.

12.09pm EMIRATES/FLYDUBAI ANNOUNCE ORDERS
Sheikh Ahmed announces order for 150 777Xs plus 50 purchase rights. flydubai buying 100 737-MAXs. emirates order worth US$76 billion including GE engines.

12.04pm
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has also just arrived...

12.02pm
Emirates and Qatar Airways staff at the press conference - joint announcement maybe? "Model planes under a black shroud" is the word from AVB's editorial team... Boeing people also at the press conference room.

12 midday
So Emirates are now holding their first press conference of day... can they eclipse Etihad? We will wait and see. Why not follow us on Twitter to find out the latest news and also get an insight to who is at the show. Follow us at @AVB_ME

11.30am
The 2013 Dubai Airshow starts with a massive story following Etihad's US$25.2 billion order with Boeing. The order includes 25 next-generation Boeing 777X aircraft of which 17 are 777-9X and eight are 777-8X aircraft. Etihad Airways is the first airline to order the 777-8X and will be a launch customer for the aircraft which is expected to enter service around the end of the decade. The airline also ordered 30 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.  Today’s announcement makes Etihad Airways the largest airline customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

10.55am
Standing room only for the Etihad press conference...

10am
The organisers F&E Aerospace said it was gonna be big - they were not wrong! Thousands of people here ready for the opening day.

9am
Good morning and welcome to the Aviation Business coverage from the 2013 Dubai Airshow. Throughout the opening day we will bring you the latest news and images from the big event.

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