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Dubai rains planes.(NewsBriefs)

Last month's Dubai Air Show (Nov. 11-15) turned into an ordering frenzy of Le Bourgetlike proportions as airlines and lessors committed to an estimated $70 billion worth of equipment, although some represented the confirmation of earlier commitments and MOUs.

Airbus won the lion's share of the largest aircraft order in commercial aviation history as Emirates selected the A350 XWB over the 787. EK ordered 50 A350-900s plus 50 options and 20 A350-1000s along with 11 A380s, eight of which were announced at the Paris Air Show, plus 12 777-300ERs, all valued at a combined $34.9 billion at list prices. The A350 commitment ends EK's nearly two-year tussle with Airbus to redesign the jet to the carrier's requirements. …

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