GE Aviation received $26bn in aircraft engine orders and service agreements for widebody Boeing aircraft during the opening day of the Dubai Airshow. Collectively, Middle East carriers Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad Airways ordered 450 of the new GE9X engine, now under development for the new Boeing 777X. Emirates placed the largest ever single commercial aircraft engine order with GE for 150 777X twin-engine aircraft worth more than $11bn. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, said: “We are pleased to expand upon our strong relationship with GE Aviation for this 777X aircraft order of great strategic importance to our airline." Etihad selected GE Aviation engines to power its order for 56 Boeing widebody aircraft, placing an order worth more than $3bn. The order includes a commitment for 25 GE9X-powered 777Xs, 30 GEnx-1B-powered 787-10s, and one GE90-115B-powered 777-200LR aircraft. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' president and CEO, said: "This order demonstrates Etihad Airways' commitment to operating one of the most technically advanced and fuel efficient fleets in the industry, now and in the future." Qatar Airways ordered 50 GE9X-powered 777X aircraft, which are valued at $3.8bn.