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Dubai: 10TH Dubai Airshow breaks its on-site order book on day one

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The 10th edition of the Dubai Airshow – the largest of which opened at the Airport Expo Dubai, United Arab Emirates today – smashed all its previous declared on-site order books within the first five hours of the event.

The history-making news was made by Emirates, the international airline of the United Arab Emirates, which placed orders and options worth over US $34.9 billion – beating the total for the whole of 2005 event by US $13.6 billion and were quickly added to by Cessna sales worth US $190 million in total and a US $145 million deal clinched by Brazilian plane-maker Embraer with an order from Abu Dhabi’s Falcon Aviation Services.

The orders – which again created civil aviation history – were for 120 Airbus A350s, 11 A380s and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs – with Emirates now set to become the world’s largest 777 operator in the next few years.

After signing the contracts with the two airframe rivals, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chairman of the Emirates GroupEmirates GroupLoading… also went on to ink agreements with Rolls Royce for the Trent XWB engines to power Emirates’ new A350s and with GE Aviation for GE90 engines to power the airline’s 777-300ERs.

Just hours later Cessna announced an order from Saudi Arabia’s Wallan Aviation, worth more than US $110 million for 11 Citation business jets and 14 single engine aircraft and another order valued at more than US $80 million for five Citation Sovereign aircraft from Egyptian business jet charter operator Smart Aviation.

Embraer meanwhile was celebrating its Abu Dhabi order for eight executive jets – four Phenom 300s, three Legacy 600s and one Lineage 1000 aircraft.


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