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Boeing to Airbus Cash In on Desert Site Made Field of Dreams

An hour’s drive from Dubai on a sand-swept road lined with waste-disposal facilities and aluminum smelters, the fate of global aviation is being decided.

Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS executives flocked to the new site of the Dubai Air Show for business on an unprecedented scale from the three largest Middle East airlines on the first day, breaking records in the process. Boeing rose to the highest in at least 33 years after it secured $101.5 billion in transactions for its biggest-ever deal by value. Airbus pulled in its largest super-jumbo order yet.