Airbus Stuns With Historic Order After Boeing Took Early Lead In Dubai

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While European aircraft maker Airbus struggles to find new buyers for its A380 super-jumbo, the company has inked its biggest single order for its smaller A320neo family of aircraft at the Dubai Air Show. Together, the orders totaled $76.5 billion, which set a new record.

Veteran airline investor Bill Franke looked set to place a historic $40 billion order for around 400 Airbus jets, shaking up the low-priced industry and turning the annual race between Airbus and Boeing for plane orders on its head.

The announcement came at the Dubai Air Show and the deal includes 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos.

Most of the aircraft included in the Indigo Partners order will be delivered after 2021, with precise engine details as yet undecided.

The Airbus, Indigo Partners deal isn't just good news for the airplane manufacturer, it will also double the stock of planes across the Indigo Partners low-priced carrier group.

The deal includes a new order for two aircraft, along with two others the airline announced as a commitment in June and which have now been converted into firm orders. The deal between Airbus and Franke's Indigo Partners is billed as the industry's largest by number of aircraft.

The new Boeing order marks the third order placed by the airline with the USA manufacturer in its eight-year history, following on from others placed in 2008 and 2013.




EgyptAir signed Wednesday a big deal to buy 21 Boeing and Airbus planes from U.S. AirCap corporation, EgyptAir chairman described them as "the largest deal in EgyptAir history".

FlyDubai, which was already a big Boeing customer, is a low-priced rival to Emirates.

Wednesday's historic deal represents a final grand act for Airbus's chief salesman, John Leahy, who plans to retire from the company once a successor is selected.

The largest global airline in the world, Emirates, made public today their over 15 billion dollars commitment for 40 Dreamliners of Boeing 787-10.

"We like how it's shaping up", Kevin McAllister, head of Boeing Commercial planes, said of the midmarket jet over the weekend.

But even with that factored this, Dubai's airshow has become a highlight of this year's race for sales supremacy between the two companies.

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