Qatar Airways placed a $6.5 billion order for Airbus jets hours after telling the European giant to go back to basics and learn how to build airplanes in a day of high theater at the Dubai Air Show on Tuesday.

Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker made a second appearance to announce the firm order for five A380 superjumbos and 50 A320neo jets hours, plus options, after announcing an impasse in negotiations.

The earlier upset threw chaos into Airbus's efforts to recover after being left standing at the Middle East's largest air show when Boeing walked off with a record $18 billion order from Emirates on Sunday.

Al Baker, who is known for springing surprises and has often been outspoken about both Airbus and Boeing, compounded the European jetmaker's embarrassment by announcing the break-off at a news conference to buy two Boeing 777 freighters.

Al Baker is unhappy over delays to the A350, a family of planes designed to compete with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Boeing 777.

Reuters reported earlier that Qatar Airways was expected to place an order worth $6.5 billion including a decision to double its A380 order book to 10 aircraft and buy 50 A320neos.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Praveen Menon, Nadia Saleem; Editing by Amran Abocar)