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Orders and options for 875 planes were placed at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow, worth more than $100bn. Dubai’s two airlines led the way, but the tally could have been higher still if Emirates and Airbus had been able to agree a mooted $17bn order for A380 super-jumbos – which had been believed to be a sealed deal when chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, rising chief operating officer Adel Ahmed Al-Redha and others in the Emirates top team met with Airbus’s senior leadership in Hamburg in early November.
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