£23bn Airbus coup
AIRBUS gained bragging rights over embattled rival Boeing as it secured £23bn of orders from two Middle eastern airlines.
At the Dubai Airshow, emirates said it would buy 50 Airbus A350s worth £12bn, while Air Arabia announced the purchase of 120 A320s worth around £11bn.
The deal is also a coup for Rolls-Royce which makes the Trent WXB engines for the A350s.
It dwarfed an estimated £910m deal with Turkish airline Sunexpress, announced by Boeing at the show, for ten 737-8 Max jets, which were grounded globally after two crashes killed 346.