Airbus has secured orders for 170 aircraft worth $30 billion at the latest Dubai Air Show. The orders include 50 Airbus A350-900 XWB by Emirates Airlines worth $16 billion and 170 Airbus A320s from Air Arabia for $14 billion.
Air Arabia is said to be expanding into Southeast Asia and Africa while the Emirates wants to change the makeup of their fleet to adjust to slowing regional demand. Emirates is the biggest owner of the A380 super-jumbo jet, with more than 100 of the aircraft in its fleet.
The first of the A350 aircraft, which can fly for 15 hours without refuelling and are expected to cover long-haul routes, will be delivered by 2023