Dubai residents had their eyes on the skies last week as the 18th edition of the Dubai Airshow soared!
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, the mega-event gathered key players from across the aerospace, space and defence sectors from Nov. 13 – 17, to serve as a platform to drive collaboration, technological advancement, and push the boundaries of innovation for the future.
This year’s record-breaking edition marked a historic milestone since the event’s inception, witnessing significant deals and major announcements as air travel begins to reach pre-pandemic levels.
Some key highlights:
- Emirates announced an order of 95 wide-body aircraft, committing to additional Boeing 777-9s, 777-8s, and 787s, worth US$ 52 billion, as well as 15 Airbus A350-900s, worth US$ 6 billion.
- Low-cost carrier flydubai also confirmed a US$ 11 billion order for 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, the first wide-body aircraft in its fleet.
- SunExpress, the Turkey-based low-cost carrier, placed a firm order for 45 narrow-body Boeing 737 MAX jets to be delivered between 2029 and 2035, with options or purchase rights for another 45.
- EgyptAir ordered its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, as the airline will take delivery of a total of 18 Boeing 737 MAXs as part of a lease agreement with Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
- Ethiopian Airlines Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 11 additional Airbus A350-900s to be added to its existing fleet. It also announced an order of 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with options for 15 and 21 additional jets, respectively.
- airBaltic also confirmed an order for an additional 30 Airbus A220-300s.
In addition to the over US$ 101 billion in orders made, the show welcomed over 135,000 attendees, witnessing a remarkable 30% increase in footfall compared to the previous edition and reinforcing the event’s standing as a crucial hub for the aerospace, space and defence sectors to come together.
Over 1,400+ exhibitors from 95 countries also participated in the event, including 400 first-time exhibitors, 20+ country pavilions, and 80+ startups across commercial aviation, advanced aerial mobility, space, defence and military, business aviation, and air traffic management spectrums.
The event was supported by key industry stakeholders including Dubai Airports, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), the UAE Ministry of Defence, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) and the UAE Space Agency, and took place at Dubai World Central (DWC), Al Maktoum airport.
The 19th edition of the Dubai Airshow is set to take place in 2025.
Stay informed about future events by visiting: www.dubaiairshow.aero
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