Etihad says orders 87 Airbus

DUBAI Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:44am EST

The new Airbus A350 flies over Toulouse-Blagnac airport during its maiden flight in southwestern France, June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

The new Airbus A350 flies over Toulouse-Blagnac airport during its maiden flight in southwestern France, June 14, 2013.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Etihad Airways announced orders for 87 Airbus EAD.PA aircraft, as a wave of orders by Gulf airlines topped $150 billion at the opening of the Dubai Airshow on Sunday.

The Abu Dhabi carrier said it would purchase 50 A350 aircraft and 26 smaller A321neo planes as well as 10 A320neo.

It also placed an order for one A330-200 freighter and said it had taken options for a total of 30 more aircraft in a deal that could bring the total value to $26.9 billion.

Reuters reported on Saturday that Etihad was close to ordering 50 long-haul A350s as well as smaller planes.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Nadia Saleem)

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