A320neo. Courtesy, Airbus

Airbus secured a total of 211 orders and commitments worth $20.5 billion at the 12th annual Dubai Airshow, reinforcing the strength of its decision to re-engine the A320.

There were 135 firm orders worth $13.7 billion, made up of 130 A320neos and five A380s and 76 MOUs worth $6.8 billion.

Qatar Airways (QR) placed the single largest firm order for 50 A320neos and five A380s worth $6.4 billion at list prices (ATW Daily News, Nov. 16).

Spirit Airlines made the largest commitment for Airbus with 75 A320 family aircraft, comprising 30 A320s with sharklets and 45 A320neos, worth $6.7 billion (ATW Daily News, Nov. 16).

Airbus COO-customers John Leahy told media the order intake at this airshow, the second best its ever had at Dubai.

“Our A320neo has again been the star of the show. But despite some storm clouds on the horizon there is still strong market demand for fuel-efficient aircraft from airlines and lessors.”

By end of the airshow, neo sales reached 1,420 orders and commitments, less than a year after launch.