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Airbus seals largest plane order ever at Dubai Airshow

15 November 2017

Airbus has turned its fortunes around at the Dubai Airshow with a mammoth order of 430 jets worth a total $49.5 billion.

The Netherlands-based plane maker made the announcement Wednesday, following talks at the Dubai Air Show.

An Airbus A320neo of Hungary's Wizz Air, an airline in which Indigo Partners is a major shareholder.

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The deal, a mix of A320neo-family orders and future commitments, would end Airbus's sales slump this year and give departing sales chief John Leahy one final triumph before he heads into retirement.

The deal marks a dramatic turnaround for Airbus, which had been lagging behind Boeing in the contest for orders so far this year and had started the Nov 12-16 air show on a backfoot.

The deal marks a major coup for Airbus's Chief Operating Officer John Leahy, who is expected to leave the group soon at the end of a career in which he oversaw the sale of almost 15,000 planes.

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The order includes A320neos and A321neos, the source said.

The umbrella deal is created to supply aircraft to four airlines in which Mr Franke's Indigo Partners investment company has stakes: US-based Frontier Airlines, Mexico's Volaris, Chilean carrier JetSmart and Hungary's Wizz.

Separately, the immediate prospect of a much-discussed deal to keep the A380 in production beyond the end of the decade remained in suspense with Emirates seeking guarantees over the longevity of the programme, plagued by slow orders from other carriers.

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Airbus seals largest plane order ever at Dubai Airshow