Airbus SE announced the biggest commercial-plane deal in its history, securing an order valued at almost $50 billion for 430 planes from its single-aisle A320neo line.
Boeing immediately hit back with a provisional agreement to sell 175 planes to budget airline flydubai. Indigo said the jets would go to Frontier Airlines, Mexico's Volaris, East European operator Wizz Air and Chile's JetSmart. These aircraft are from AerCap's order book with Airbus and are scheduled to deliver in 2020. The value of the deal is estimated to be above $2 billion. If all the deals they each announced at the show are finalized before the end of the year, they will head into the last weeks of 2017 neck-and-neck in the race for the biggest annual order tally.
But in relation to long-haul planes, USA rival Boeing as the Seattle-based and New York-stock listed firm, sealed on day one the sale of 40 Boeing 787-10 wide-body planes to Emirates Airline, the largest long-haul carrier in the world for 15.1 billion dollars.
Wednesday's flydubai-Boeing deal is the third aircraft order placed by the Dubai-based airline with Boeing in its eight-year history and follows orders placed in 2008 and 2013.
The sheer size of the deal has caught many in the aviation industry by surprise. It is the largest-ever single order commitment for Airbus.
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American Airlines in 2011 ordered 460 new planes in a single deal, but that was spread between both Boeing and Airbus.
"During this year's event, we signed an MoU with Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, expanding our support of its customer's fleet in the region", said Turkish Technic spokesman, Muhammed Memduhoglu.
For now, the headline total of nearly 700 jets covered by air show announcements fails to change the order battle as barely 30 of the deals so far represent finalised contracts.
The deal with Franke is poised to be a very big achievement for Airbus Sales Chief John Leahy who has been in charge of the company's sales since 1994, with the veteran set to retire in a few months.