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Boeing signs off on a $1.3 billion deal at Dubai Airshow

Boeing signs off on a $1.3 billion deal at Dubai Airshow

Airbus landed a deal for a record 430 of its A320neo-family jets on Wednesday as US investor Bill Franke raised his bet on budget airlines.

An anticipated order for A380 superjumbos worth $16 billion failed to materialise at the last moment on Sunday, forcing state-owned Emirates and Airbus (AIR.PA) into further talks.

Until yesterday, the only major deal announced at the Dubai Air Show came on Sunday, when long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in a $15.1 billion deal. In a news release, company officials said low-priced airlines like Frontier are an avenue of growth in aviation.

Wednesday's historic deal represents a final grand act for Airbus's chief salesman, John Leahy, who plans to retire from the company once a successor is selected.

It says the planes would bring the low-priced carriers total fleet up to 320.

Most of the aircraft included in the Indigo Partners order will be delivered after 2021, with precise engine details as yet undecided. "I can see a place in transcontinental U.S. and Asia", he said, adding it would suit markets with congested airports but relatively low freight traffic, where airlines may not be willing to bet on a traditional twin-aisle jet sitting more than 250 people. He added: "We look forward to the arrival of the new aircraft from 2019 in support of our future ambitions".

Budget airlines partly save money by buying large numbers of jets at low prices when manufacturers are eager to fill up their order books, and then generally sticking with one type.

Industry sources have said they expect a commercial launch of the roughly 220 to 270 seat jet next year. Boeing, for its part, chalked up more than 4,000 orders for the various versions of the 737 MAX.

It is managed by William Franke, a pioneer of the cheap tickets and high fees airline business model that has spread overseas and is growing in the US. "We are honoured that flydubai has selected to be an all-Boeing operator for many years to come".

This year, however, Airbus's share of the two giants' combined order tally has dropped to 35 percent as a rejuvenated Boeing management made advances in Singapore and elsewhere.

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