Engine makers were among the big winners on the opening day of the Dubai air show, collectively bagging orders for almost 1,000 engines as part of the airline order bonanza announced by Airbus and Boeing on November 17.
General Electric emerged as the clear leader with orders for some 450 GE9Xs as part of the bumper contracts placed with Boeing by Etihad, Emirates and Qatar for 777X. It also secured additional orders for 60 GEnx-1Bs to power 30 787-10s ordered by Etihad as well as a pair of GE90-115Bs for a single new 777F. CFM International, GE’s joint venture with Snecma of France, also opened the show with new orders for 224 engines, all but 22 of which were Leap 1A and 1Bs for Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX deals announced during the first day. The GP Alliance, GE’s joint venture with Pratt & Whitney, also picked up valuable contracts for 200 additional GP7200s as part of Emirates’ order for 50 new A380s.
Rolls-Royce meanwhile secured orders for 100 additional Trent XWBs which will power 50 A350s ordered by Etihad. The engine maker also picked up an order from the same airline for two Trent 700s that will power an A330-200.