Dubai Airshow 2017: Boeing announces further orders

The order consists of the A320neo and A321neo, the version remotorisée du best-seller for Airbus, according to this source.

Flydubai's first 737 MAX 8 takes off from Boeing's Seattle delivery center in July. The developments came ahead of the biennial air show closing on Thursday.

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 penultimate day of the Dubai Airshow saw two enormous aircraft purchase orders worth $76.5b for both Airbus and Boeing, in one of the most exciting days in recent aviation business history. These would be lapped up by four ultra low-priced airlines including Wizz Air from Hungary, US-based Frontier Airlines, Volaris from Mexico, and a three-and-a-half month old Chilean airline JetSMART.

Airbus and Indigo Partners declined to comment. If all the deals they each announced at the show are finalized before the end of the year, they will head into the last weeks of 2017 neck-and-neck in the race for the biggest annual order tally.

The agreement was signed with Indigo Partners to build the plans for four airlines that company owns.

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

Until Wednesday, the only major deal announced at the Dubai Air Show came on Sunday when long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in a 15.1 billion dollar (£11.4 billion) deal. The order has a theoretical value of more than $1.3bn at list prices.

Signing this agreement, the Chairman and Chief Executive of the world-renowned airline, S. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, did so in the presence of the current Vice President and UAE Prime Minister and also the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

It will also allow Airbus to overtake Boeing, with a total of 718 orders against its American rival's 605.

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.


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