Record orders for Airbus and Boeing
AIRBUS and Boeing secured record orders on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, with Emirates accounting for the bulk of purchases as it signed deals valued at more than $100bn (€74bn) for wide-body aircraft.
Boeing took an early lead in the biennial expo, signing up Etihad Airways PJSC for its new 777X wide-body, as well as for more 787 Dreamliners.
Emirates followed with a purchase of 150 777X, valued at about $76bn, plus an option to buy 50 more.
Airbus then confirmed a deal with the largest Middle Eastern airline for 50 A380 super-jumbos valued at $23bn.
"We see that demand for aviation services will continue to grow globally," Emirates chief executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said.
Both Emirates and Etihad operate flights out of Dublin.