Boeing secured an order for 50 single-aisle 737 airliners at the Farnborough air show.
FlyDubai places large Boeing order
FARNBOROUGH // FlyDubai, the emirate's first budget airline, ordered the 50 short-haul 737-800 aeroplanes worth US$3.78 billion (Dh13.88bn) at list price as the world's biggest air show opened in Farnborough, near London. The carrier, which is owned by the Dubai Government and plans to begin flying in the middle of next year, will take delivery of the planes between 2009 and 2015. FlyDubai will operate to points not already served by Emirates airline, also owned by the Government of Dubai. Destinations will include cities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. FlyDubai will obtain an additional four aircraft from the leasing company, Babcock & Brown. Dubai is spending $40bn to build what will become the world's largest airport at Jebel Ali. Meanwhile, Airbus said that the state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines had ordered eight 295-seat, twin-engined Airbus A330-300s, a deal worth $1.6bn at list prices for the wide-bodied aircraft, and the director general of Sukhoi, the Russian aeroplane maker, said he expected to announce about 30 orders for its new Superjet 100. @Email:firstname.lastname@example.org