Etihad Airways' order provides a high note on the Air Show’s first day

Airbus opened the 2008 Farnborough Airshow by announcing a major new business agreement with Etihad Airways, underscoring the continued worldwide demand for efficient, capable aircraft in meeting airlines’ future fleet needs.

14 July 2008

The Etihad Airways acquisition covers total of 110 aircraft, composed of firm orders for 20 A320s, 25 A350 XWBs and 10 A380s; options for five A320s, 10 A350s and 5 A380s; and purchase rights for 15 A320s, 15 A350s and five A380s. 

“The scale of this order demonstrates our serious plans for the future of Etihad Airways and for the links to our base of Abu Dhabi in the capital of the United Arab Emirates,” said James Hogan, the carrier’s Chief Executive Officer. 

Hogan added that Etihad Airways has confidence in the future of air travel to the airline’s booming market, especially as the United Arab Emirates diversifies from an oil-based economy into other promising business sectors – including tourism and real estate development.

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