Cheque books were obviously brought along to the Dubai Airshow. After Etihad’s large order with Boeing, the company also announced an order for 50 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, 36 Airbus A320NEO airliners and one (!) Airbus A330-200F freighter. And there’s more: Emirates signed up for an additional 50 Airbus A380 aircraft. And still, there’s more: Qatar Airways placed on order for 13 Airbus A330-200Fs. Money is clearly rolling in the desert.
Emirates clearly loves the Airbus A380, with a total of 140 now ordered. Of these aircraft, 39 were already delivered, the 39th being on Airbus’ static display at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. All Emirates’ A380s are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.
The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 Family and incorporates new more efficient engines and large Sharklet wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. At the end of October 2013, firm orders for the NEO stood at 2,487 from 44 customers, making it the fastest selling commercial airliner ever and underlining its market leadership position.