At Dubai Air Show, Airbus announced commitments across its broad product range covering a total of 33 aircrafts, valued at over $5.3bn. These commitments include firm orders for 15 aircraft worth more than $3.6bn, plus memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreements for a further 18 aircraft totalling around $1.7bn.
The highlights of the show included firm orders for Airbus' newest products: from Air Austral for two A380s worth $655m, and from Ethiopian Airlines for 12 A350-900s worth $2.9bn. In addition, Comlux placed a firm order for one Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) worth $75m.
The MoU commitments included: 10 A320s worth $770m from Yemenia Airlines; four A320s plus two A330-200s together worth $670m from Senegal Airlines; and one A320 plus one A330-200 worth $258m from Nepal Airlines.
In addition to these, Airbus announced in Dubai the launch of its new 'Sharklet' large wingtip devices, specially designed for the A320 Family to reduce its fuel burn by around 3.5% and improve both payload-range and climb performance. Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the Sharklets which are specified for its future A320 fleet.