Airbus gets deal for 50 superjumbos

As flagged, Airbus (EADSF) has received an order for 50 A380 superjumbos from Emirates at the Dubai Air Show.

Reuters tweets: "Emirates chairman quizzed by dazed journalists on how much today's orders cost in total - 'I don't have my calculator with me,' he replies." Emirates is also acquiring 150 Boeing 777Xs with an option for 50 more.

Emirates now has bookings for 140 A380s. It's an "unheard of dependence of an aircraft from one customer," tweets Aviation Week's Jens Flotau.

Update: the A380 deal is worth $23B at list prices.

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  • Lakeaffect
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    An insurance policy to make sure we collaborate in keeping the price of oil high enough that they can pay for these. Coming: More wars, more middle east unrest, more CO2, More brinksmanship with WW3.


    Less innovation, less options for consumers.


    It will be nice when we finally burn the last of these fossil fuels.
    17 Nov 2013, 10:03 AM Reply Like
  • Walter P. Chrysler
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    these are truly staggering sums of money and indeed...this will be quite the airline once fleet is built out to scale. the A380 is not for the faint of heart. It is a truly loud and offensive don't want to be living anywhere near the airport where this plane will be taking off and landing...especially if this is done on a regular basis. this is true of living around nearly all airports actually. "very low real estate values." it will be interesting to see going forward if the Emir has plans going forward for an underground public transportation system as a consequence. generally speak this has the exact opposite effect on real estate as those properties near the "pick up and drop points" tend to be quite valuable indeed. Obviously this is already a well established fact so i don't know why it bears repeating. Great news for both Boeing and Airbus.
    17 Nov 2013, 12:47 PM Reply Like
  • Deja Vu
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    Boeing should build the 777X in the UAE. There will be cheap and well educated labor from India. UAE obviously doesn't allow unions. The largest launch customers are right there. It would solve the labor issues for once and all with a finality. Even the labor issues in the US would become much more amenable to solutions. The NLRB has no sway in the UAE :-)


    I would buy Boeing big if they decided to build in the UAE.
    17 Nov 2013, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • Buddy Canuspare
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    Remember the title of the article? If Boeing has to move from WA to be competitive, who are they competing with? Airbus? And where is the A380 built? France? How does Airbus deal with the French unions and still beat Boeing? If unions are such a problem, how has Airbus been so competitive for so long?
    17 Nov 2013, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • Alfama
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    Boeing and aircraft are not cheap.Labor laws in UAE are evolving and labor unions not necessarily required. Emirates is an example of how an organization can progress and succeed with motivation,innovation and will.
    17 Nov 2013, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • compal
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    You would do well to actually know what you are talking about. The RR Trent engines used by A 380 are the quietest engines ever produced. In fact they are so quiet that you can’t talk in a normal voice in the plane because the passengers around you can hear everything you say. The 747 makes a hell of a lot more noise on take off and landing.
    19 Nov 2013, 04:01 AM Reply Like
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