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16 November 2017, 02:15 | Melanie Burgess
Airbus clinches biggest order in its history
The agreement was announced this week at the Dubai Airshow. "I can see a place in transcontinental US and Asia", he said, adding it would suit markets with congested airports but relatively low freight traffic, where airlines may not be willing to bet on a traditional twin-aisle jet sitting more than 250 people.
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.
The American manufacturer won another deal from Fly Dubai, the city's low-priced carrier, for 225 737MAX jets worth $27 billion on Wednesday.
Indigo will distribute the 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos among the four ultra-low-cost airlines, with Wizz getting the largest share.
The blockbuster finale to the main part of the November 12-16 show lifted a despondent mood that had settled over the Airbus chalet when a deal for A380 superjumbos collapsed on day one. However, airlines and manufacturers typically negotiate discounts on such deals.
Emirates has taken delivery of 100 aircraft and has total order book of 142 units.
"The deal represents the largest-ever single-aisle jet order - by the number of airplanes and total value - from a Middle East carrier", Boeing said in a statement."When finalized, the purchase promises to sustain tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Boeing's US factories and network of suppliers".
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EgyptAir signed Wednesday a big deal to buy 21 Boeing and Airbusplanes from U.S. AirCap corporation, EgyptAir chairman described them as "the largest deal in EgyptAir history".
"It's ended up going out on a high", airline analyst John Strickland of JLS Consulting said. Indian low-priced airline IndiGo (which isn't connected to Indigo Partners) bought 250 Airbus jets in 2015.
Emirates now relies exclusively on the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 777 for its flights, making it the largest operator of both.
The agreement signed by the aviation company includes the rights to turn up the 787-9s of the aircraft, providing the airline increased flexibility for the global network and future fleet it envisages to command in the coming years.
"Ours is a fast growing region and we expect growth".
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