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UAE criticizes 'unworkable' French fighter bid
Top UAE commander criticizes 'unworkable' bid for French Rafale fighters
By The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ' The deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates' armed forces says France is seeking unacceptable terms for the sale of up to 60 Rafale fighter jets.

The comments Wednesday by Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan could signal a final blow to the bid by France's Dassault Aviation, which has been in talks with UAE officials for several years.

The official WAM news agency quotes Sheik Mohammed ' who is also the highly influential crown prince of Abu Dhabi ' as saying Dassault was offering noncompetitive and "unworkable" terms. He gave no other details.

He made the comments after touring the Dubai Airshow, where the Rafale and others, including American-made F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighters, performed flight demonstrations,

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ' Airbus says its customers are committed to buy 1,420 of its new A320neo after less than a year of sales.

Chief Operating Officer John Leahy said on Wednesday that the brisk business shows there's strong demand for fuel-efficient planes despite some economic "storm clouds on the horizon."

Leahy spoke as Airbus wrapped up its order announcements at the Dubai Airshow, where it scored 130 firm orders for the single-aisle plane.

Airbus says it now has 1,268 firm orders for the A320neo, which promises a smaller fuel bill than older A320 models. It ended the Dubai show with $13.7 billion worth of firm orders.

Its rival Boeing snagged the show's biggest deal ' an $18 billion order for 50 777s from Dubai's Emirates airline.

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