For a start this was the first day and the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad announced a deal for 56 new Boeing 777s equipped with new generation GE engines with a value up to US$25.2 billion and the agreement to become the launch costumer for the 777-8X program expected to enter in service at the end of this decade. Adding to this considerable order Etihad also ordered 30 Boeing 7878-10 Dreamliners.
Photo: Boeing Company
On the other side the local-based Airline Emirates broke the order value record by placing orders in a total of US$99 billion between Airbus and Boeing orders of new aircraft for its fleet. The major deal was with Boeing and a deal for 150 Boeing 777X- also purchase rights for 50 other units. Emirates also made a deal with Airbus for 50 A380 maintaining the title of largest Airbus A380 operator in the world.
Photo: Devesh Agarwal
FlyDubai the local low-cost airline also placed some orders for 111 Boeing 737s and 738s in a total value of US$11.4 billion and Qatar Airways was other major buyer during this first day of Airshow with a letter of intention of US$19 billion for 54 Boeing 777s
This first day was record breaking day mostly because of the middle east carriers let's wait for the next days and see what happens.