DUBAI, UAE - On the second day of the Dubai Air Show, Emirates announced the purchase of 50 Airbus A350-900 XWBs - extra wide body - planes at a list price of $16bn. That was closely followed by fast-growing low-cost carrier Air Arabia ordering 170 Airbus A320s worth $14bn, reports Russell Hotten for the BBC. Continue reading original article
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November 19, 2019-Airbus made a splash on Monday when it was announced that the European aerospace giant secured mulit-billion dollar orders from flagship carrier Emirates for widebody aircraft valued at approximately $16 billion, with fellow UAE-based value carrier Air Arabia purchasing $14 billion in single-aisle aircraft.
“Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines," Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed said on Monday. "This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB. Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.”
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor