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Putting $192bn aircraft orders in context

Dubai air show draws scrutiny for record-breaking deals that could have been spent building two billion wells in Africa.

Last updated: 18 Nov 2013 08:13
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The Dubai air show has shattered records, demonstrating the spending power of airlines and, in particular, state-backed carriers in the Middle East.

Dubai's flagship carrier Emirates ordered 50 Airbus A380 jumbo jets and 150 of Boeing's new long-haul aircraft, 777x, spending over $100bn in the largest airline contract in history.

Al Jazeera's Gerald Tan puts some of the astronomical figures into context.

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