UPDATE 5-AIRSHOW-Gulf airlines splash out over $150 bln as Boeing launches new jet

Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:24am EST
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* Boeing launches revamped 777 with over 250 orders

* Emirates orders 150 new 777s and 50 Airbus A380s

* Boeing says union dispute won't hurt 777 launch

* Cameron pays lightning visit amid fighter jet contest (Adds Etihad's Airbus order, updates total)

By Praveen Menon and Nadia Saleem

DUBAI, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Gulf airlines splashed out over $150 billion on new plane deals on day one of the Dubai Airshow, underscoring a shift in power in the aviation industry and giving a boost to the formal launch of Boeing's newest jet, as well as to Airbus's A380 superjumbo.

Under hazy skies, sheikhs and ruling family members of Dubai and neighbouring Abu Dhabi toured rows of passenger jets and arms pavilions at the new 645,000 square metre venue, built to showcase the Middle East's largest aviation hub and take on the industry's traditional showcase events in Britain and France.

Dubai-based Emirates led the buying spree on Sunday with an order for 150 of Boeing's new 777 mini-jumbo, in a deal worth $76 billion at list prices. It also ordered 50 Airbus A380s, the world's biggest passenger plane, worth $23 billion.

With demand from other Gulf carriers including Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, Boeing announced commitments for a total of 259 of the new 777 jet, previously codenamed 777X, worth about $100 billion at list prices - the largest combined order in its history and confirming earlier Reuters stories.   Continued...