Surprises at Dubai Airshow

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Boeing wins $15bn order from Emirates

Emirates and Boeing have kicked off the first day of the Dubai Airshow by announcing the first big sales news of the five-day event, the BBC reports – a blow to the manufacturer’s rival Airbus.

Emirates has ordered 40 787 Dreamliners in a deal worth around $15 billion at list prices. The aircraft type was chosen over the Airbus A350.

A big new order for the A380 – something Airbus desperately needs to sustain its superjumbo program – had also been expected but did not materialise despite intense negotiations between the airline and the Franco-German company.

The Middle Eastern carrier is the biggest customer for the A380 – and the Boeing 777 too, flying 165 777s with another 164 on order. Some of the new 787s, deliveries for which will start in 2022, will replace older planes; others will be used to expand the airline’s network. Boeing said the deal would sustain many jobs in the United States.

So far this year, Boeing has won about 65% of new orders placed for all planes around the world. In Dubai, Boeing also announced a $2 billion deal with Azerbaijan Airlines for five Dreamliners and two Boeing freighters.

Bombardier’s new confidence
Also in Dubai, Bombardier took the opportunity to reassure employees in the UK, following the Canadian manufacturer’s alliance with Airbus. Airbus will take control of its C-Series aircraft, something that “would only strengthen Bombardier”. Bombardier employs 4,000 people in Belfast, including 1,000 working on the C-Series.

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