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A350: Emirates orders 50 Airbus long-haul jets


50 A350 jets for 16 billion euros - at the Air Show in Dubai, Airbus has secured a lucrative contract. But also Boeing achieved a success.

The aircraft manufacturer Airbus has secured a billion-dollar order from the airline Emirates. The Arabian airline announced at Dubai Air Show that it has ordered 50 A350 long-haul aircraft worth $ 16 billion from Airbus.

However, these are fewer machines than had been recorded in a preliminary agreement earlier this year. Back then, it had been about a possible order of 40 A330neo aircraft and 30A350 aircraft, for a total of 70 aircraft. Emirates boss Ahmed binSaeed Al Maktoum stated that ordering A330neo aircraft is now out of the question. Boeing continued to negotiate a provisional order for 40 787 Dreamliner aircraft, also a long-range aircraft for 200 to 300 passengers.

"Together with the A380, we will get more capacity and flexibility with the A350, which will enable us to enter new markets," said Al Maktoum. "The new aircraft are quieter and provide a lower carbon footprint," said the Emirates boss. Al Maktoum anticipates the delivery of the first A350 jets in 2023. Airbus chief GuillaumeFaury said, "This order is a very strong endorsement of the A350 aircraft with the latest technology."

Emirates is one of the largest airlines worldwide; It serves 158 destinations in 84 countries. The fleet comprises 267 large aircraft, including more than 100 Airbus 380 jumbo jets, making it the largest customer of the world's largest passenger jet Airbus A380. After the airline canceled part of its orders in February to order smaller aircraft, Airbus decided to abandon the model for lack of any To set orders in 2021.

Despite crashes Boeing can sell another 737 Max

The deal was announced at the Air Show in Dubai, which is one of the largest aviation fairs in the world. The show was also successful: The Turkish airline SunExpress ordered ten other model 737 Max aircraft from the US aircraft manufacturer, as well as the 32 previously ordered aircraft of the same type. After list prices, the repeat order has a volume of 1.2 billion dollars. The joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa expressly commits itself to the model that has been forced to stay on the ground worldwide for two crashes, plunging the American aircraft manufacturer into a crisis.

In addition, a prestigious project for climate and environmental protection emerged for the Airbus competitor: The Emirates airline Etihad wants to turn a Boeing 787 Dreamliner into a test laboratory for the development of a fuel-efficient aircraft. Etihad boss Tony Douglas said at the launch of the project, the "Greenliner" should be built to a "social media star" and consume up to 20 percent less fuel than any other aircraft in the Etihad fleet. The project could benefit the entire aviation industry. The aircraft "makes sense not only economically from the point of view of a profit and loss account, but also because it has a direct impact on the CO2 due to the fuel burned," explained Douglas.

Source: zeit

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