Airbus wins $44bn orders at Dubai Airshow
Dubai, November 20, 2013
Airbus has won a total of 160 orders and commitments worth $44 billion at the Dubai Airshow, which concluded today (November 20).
The A380 and A350 XWB in particular, were demonstrated to be spot-on with customer requirements and expectations, said a statement.
The order intake includes 142 firm orders worth US$40.4 billion (50 A380, 40 A350-900, 10 A350-1000, 26 A321neo, 10 A320neo and 6 A330-200F) and 18 memorandums of understanding worth $3.6 billion.
By value, Emirates placed the single largest order for 50 additional A380s, worth $20 billion, said the statement.
By numbers, Etihad Airways placed the single largest firm order for Airbus with 87 aircraft (40 A350-900, 10 A350-1000, 26 A321neo, 10 A320neo and one A330-200F) worth $19 billion at list prices.
The A330-200F saw five firm orders from Qatar Airways Cargo (plus eight commitments) and one firm order with Etihad Airways representing a total of 14 orders and commitments worth $3billion. Air Algérie also committed for three A330-200 passenger aircraft worth $648 million.
Lybian Wings, based in Tripoli, announced the start of its operations at the airshow, choosing the Airbus to build up its initial fleet with a commitment for three A350-900s and four A320neo’s.
John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer customers, said: “With its central position geographically, its strong economic growth and population-centres just a flight away, Middle Eastern carriers stand to reap the benefits of traffic growth. The order intake at the airshow, by value our biggest ever in Dubai, is a clear evidence that the Middle East region is investing in the most modern and efficient aircraft to capture this growth.”
Traffic growth has led to average aircraft size ‘growing’ by 25 per cent with airlines selecting larger aircraft or up-sizing existing backlogs. Larger aircraft like the A380 combined with higher load factors make the most efficient use of limited slots and contribute to rising passenger numbers without additional flights as confirmed by London’s Heathrow Airport. - TradeArabia News Service
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