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Airbus, Boeing close in on Dubai deals worth $30 billion

DUBAI: A battle for orders erupted on day one of the Dubai Airshow on Sunday as Europe’s Airbus and its U.S. arch-rival Boeing prepared to fire opening salvos worth almost $30 billion. Airbus was widely expected to announce a fresh order worth $16 billion at list prices for the world’s largest passenger jet, the A380, from Dubai’s Emirates, injecting new life into its soft-selling superjumbo program. But sources familiar with the matter said Boeing could try to upstage its European competitor by grabbing a surprise…