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Positive start to Dubai Airshow for Airbus
Airbus has enjoyed a positive start to the Dubai Airshow 2019, with two large orders for commercial jetliners from Middle East-based airlines. Wings for these aircraft will be designed and manufactured in the UK.
Dubai-based Emirates signed a purchase agreement for 50 A350-900s – Airbus’ newest generation widebody aircraft.
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The combination of these advantages result in 25% lower operating costs, as well as 25% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions when compared with previous-generation aircraft – demonstrating Airbus’ commitment to minimise its environmental impact while remaining at the cutting edge of air travel.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chief executive and chairman of the Emirates Group, said: “Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB.
“Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.”
Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low cost carrier, signed a firm order for 120 Airbus aircraft comprising 73 A320neos, 27 A321neos and 20 A321XLRs.
Adel Al Ali, group chief executive officer for Air Arabia, said: “Air Arabia’s fleet growth strategy has always been driven by commercial demand and we are glad to announce today one of the region’s largest single-aisle orders with Airbus to support our growth plans. This new milestone underpins not only our solid financial fundamentals but also the strength of our multi-hub growth strategy that we have adopted over the years while remaining focused on efficiency, performance and passenger experience.”
Air Arabia is an all-Airbus operator with a total fleet of 54 A320 family aircraft including the A321LR.
The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step from the A321LR which responds to market needs for even more range and payload, creating more value for the airlines. From 2023, it will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm – 15% more than the A321LR and with 30% lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous generation competitor aircraft.
Featuring the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the best-selling A320neo family, comprising the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo, deliver at least 20% reduced fuel burn as well as 50% less noise compared to previous generation aircraft. At the end of October 2019, the A320neo family had received more than 7,000 firm orders from over 110 customers worldwide.