Airbus soars past Boeing at Dubai Air show
November 19, 2009 - 10:52AM
Airbus said yesterday it has received US$5.3 billion (A$5.7 billion) in orders and letters of intent for new aircraft at the Dubai Airshow, while rival Boeing announced two orders for less than US$800 million (A$860 million).
"We had a good airshow, better than many expected," said Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy in a statement released a day before the biennial show ends, with overall sales down sharply on 2007.
The Airbus orders were for 15 aircraft worth more than US$3.6 billion, in addition to memorandums of understanding on another 18 valued at around US$1.7 billion.
Sales were down at the Dubai Airshow, where Airbus jets dramatically outsold Boeing's offerings.
Sales were down at the Dubai Airshow, where Airbus jets dramatically outsold Boeing's offerings. Photo: AFP
The largest came from Ethiopian Airlines for 12 A350-900s worth US$2.9 billion, while Air Austral ordered two A380 superjumbos worth US$655 million. Air Austral plans to be the first airline to fly the A380 with an all-economy class fit-out of more than 800 seats.
Swiss-based charter airline Comlux placed a firm order for one Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) worth US$75 million.
Meanwhile, Airbus signed an MoU to supply Yemenia Airlines with 10 A320s worth US$770 million, and an MoU with Senegal Airlines for two A320s and two A330-200s valued at US$670 million.
An MoU was also signed with Nepal Airlines for one A320 and one A330-200 worth US$258 million.
Arch-rival Boeing received orders from the Algerian national carrier Air Algerie for seven Boeing B737-800s. The price was not disclosed, but it should range between US$493 million and US$553 million according to catalogue prices.
Boeing also confirmed an order for four B737s by the Algerian domestic carrier Tassili Airlines, valued at US$228.4 million.
Sales are sharply lower for the two companies that than in 2007, when they received orders and letters of intent worth around US$75 billion, mostly from Gulf carriers.
Show organisers said yesterday that orders by the next to last day have exceeded US$13 billion -- way below US$155.5 billion in 2007.
Leahy warned that the aviation industry is still struggling to overcome the impact of the global financial crisis.
"Our industry is not out of the woods yet. There will be a difficult winter ahead of us," he said.
"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," he added.
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