Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum (centre) is presented with a model of the Emirates new 777X airliner, by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney during the opening ceremony of the Dubai Airshow on November 17, 2013
Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum (centre) is presented with a model of the Emirates new 777X airliner, by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney during the opening ceremony of the Dubai Airshow on November 17, 2013 © Str - AFP
Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum (centre) is presented with a model of the Emirates new 777X airliner, by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney during the opening ceremony of the Dubai Airshow on November 17, 2013
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Last updated: November 20, 2013

Boeing dominates Airbus with $101.5 billion orders at Dubai show

US aerospace giant Boeing on Wednesday announced up to $101.5 billion in aircraft orders at the Dubai Air Show, as its new 777X model propelled total demand to more than twice that booked by European rival Airbus.

More than $95 billion of the Boeing orders were for the 777X long-haul aircraft, making it the "largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by value", said the firm.

European giant Airbus meanwhile totted up orders worth $44 billion, with Emirates placing the biggest by value worth $20 billion for 50 A380s.

The total takings or about $145 billion by the two rivals at Dubai were about twice those recorded at the Paris Air Show in June, when Airbus announced $39.3 billion in orders and Boeing unveiled $38 billion for a total of about $77.0 billion.

Boeing's performance in Dubai was underpinned by demand for its new 777X, which was snapped up by Middle Eastern airlines.

Dubai's flagship Emirates placed an order worth $55.6 billion for 115 777-9X aircraft designed to carry more than 400 passengers. It also ordered 35 777-8Xs, which has a capacity of 350 passagers.

Etihad Airways ordered 17 of the bigger model and eight of the smaller 777-8X, while Qatar Airways bought 50 777-9Xs worth $18.9 billion.

Boeing claims that the aircraft, which is to enter service around 2020, would be 12 percent more fuel efficient than the Airbus A350.

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