The Flytewise team was in attendance at the Dubai Airshow 2017, held at Dubai World Central. This year, the show attracted about 79,000 visitors at ended up with an order book of more than $113 billion.
In terms of sheer numbers, the show was a resounding success:
Airbus revealed its largest single order ever: a deal with Indigo Partners to purchase 430 aircraft from the A320neo family, valued at over $49 billion. The aircraft are expected to go to Wizz Air, Frontier Airlines, JetSMART and Volaris.
Boeing also announced a landmark order: 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners from Emirates Airlines.
Other orders included:
Wataniya Airways: 25 A320neo
Air Arabia: six Airbus A320neo
AerCap and EgyptAir: 15 Airbus A320neo
Azerbaijan Airlines: five Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners
SCAT Airlines: six Boeing 737 MAX8
The Dubai Airshow also featured, on display, the newest Boeing 777-300ER for Emirates as well as the 100th A380-800. The 777 featured the new Economy and Business class interiors as well as the much-talked-about fully enclosed First Class cabins.
Emirates Cabin Crew poses with the 100th A380
Let’s take a look at the new 777-300ER Economy class cabin:
Amenity Kits for Economy class Passengers
Business Class cabin:
First Class Suites
Day one of the Dubai Airshow also featured the flypast of the Al Fursan Aerobatic team, accompanied by an Emirates 777-300ER and A380-800 in the ‘Year of Zayed 2018” livery. Sadly, this display was not repeated on the other days of the show.
Other notable aircraft on display included the Etihad A380-800 and the Air Baltic CS300, which will be covered in detail in separate articles.
All in all, the Dubai Airshow, once again was a record breaking success. Michele van Akelijen, managing director of organisers Tarsus F&E Middle East, said: “The figures speak for themselves – it’s been another successful year. Dubai is geographically at the centre of the global aviation world, and Dubai Airshow is where the sector comes to do business. We have seen incredible, unmatched deals, innovations and ideas. Our variety of conferences – the Space Pavilion and Conference, the UAV Summit, the Cargo Zone conference and Pavilion, Airport Solutions Dubai Conference and Pavilion, and the Gulf Aviation Training Event – underline our commitment to making the Airshow a centre of global thought leadership. We aim to help generate the creative knowledge-sharing environment the industry needs in order to thrive.”