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Airbus Commits to $5.3 billion at Dubai Air Show

  • 04-Dec-09 11:49
  • Dubai
  • Holiday Industry

During this year's Dubai Air Show that took place last 18th November, Airbus made a bold commitment across its broad product range covering a total of 33 aircraft, with a new planned investment valued at over $5.3 billion.

Airbus Commits to $5.3 billion at Dubai Air Show
The fastest growing air show recently took place at the world’s fastest growing region with the 2009 Dubai Air Show. Following the record-breaking show back in 2007, the Dubai Airshow this year closed its doors to a new record-breaking figure of visitors, attracting more public than ever with a total 18% increase in audience, with a notable presence from North African states.
Running over five days, from the 15th to 19th November and attracting a whopping number of 52,978 industry professionals from 138 countries, this year the Dubai Air Show featured an additional exhibition hall at the hand of Emirates; the Dubai-based airline and main representative, responsible for taking worldwide passengers to wonderful Dubai holidays on their award-winning aircraft.
At this year’s Dubai Air Show; the event that showcases the best of the airline industry with a host of international participating companies who fly worldwide holidaymakers to Dubai holidays, Airbus made an astonishing commitment valued at over $5.3 billion.
These new commitments include new orders for 15 new aircraft worth more than US$3.6 billion plus new MOU (memorandum of understanding) agreements for a further 18 air planes which total around $1.7 billion. The MOU commitments included: 10 A320s worth $770 million for Yemenia Airlines, four A320s plus two A330-200s for Senegal Airlines totalling $770 million and one A320 plus an A330-200 worth $258 million for Nepal Airlines.
“We had a good airshow – better than many expected. But our industry is not out of the woods yet. There will be a difficult winter ahead of us, but with the deals we made in Dubai and the interest in our products that we saw here, spring may not be that far away.” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer at Airbus.
Some of the highlights of the show included a showcasing display for Airbus’ newest products, many of which will be soon flying passengers to Dubai holidays and other Middle Eastern holiday destinations. New aircraft on show included Air Austral’s two A380s worth $655 and Ethiopian Airlines’ new range of twelve A350-900s worth $2.9 billion. In addition, the luxury aviation group Comlux also placed a firm order for one new Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) worth $75 million.
Airbus also took the opportunity to publicly announce in Dubai their greener plans for the eco-travel in the future, with the launch of their new “Sharklet” large wingtip devices. These have been specially designed for the A320 Family to reduce its fuel burn by around 3.5% and improve both payload-range and climb performance. Air New Zealand was the first launch customer for the new Sharklets which are specified for their future A320 fleet.
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