Demand for air travel is up in the Middle East, and area airlines are answering the demand by expanding their fleets with the latest commercial passenger jets.
During the Dubai Airshow this month, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways entered into a deal for 56 new Boeing 777 airliners valued at $25.2 billion at list prices, including related GE engines. Etihad also became the launch customer for the Boeing 777-8X, which is expected to enter service near the end of this decade. The airline also ordered 30 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner wide-body, twin-engine airliners—instantly making Etihad the largest customer for the composite aircraft.
According to Boeing officials, the 787-10 Dreamliner is the company’s most fuel-efficient airliner and the world’s first major airliner to use composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe.It is designed to be 20 percent more fuel efficient than the 767 and features mostly electrical flight systems, a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour.
Boeing launched its 777X twin-engine jetliner at the 2013 Dubai Airshow with 259 orders and commitments from Emirates (150), Qatar Airways (50), Etihad Airways (25), and Lufthansa (34)—at a combined value of more than $95 billion at list prices.
“Dubai 2013 has been a truly historic and record-breaking air show for The Boeing Company,” says Charlie Miller, vice president, international corporate communications at Boeing.
“We rarely make announcements at air shows, but when we do the world listens,” said James Hogan, President and CEO, Etihad Airways.
Dubai-headquartered Emirates revealed a $99 billion purchase of Boeing and Airbus planes—which aerospace industry pundits are calling the largest-ever aircraft order in civil aviation.
Emirates bought 150 Boeing 777X plus 50 purchase rights and an additional 50 Airbus A380 superjumbo jets, of which Emirates is currently the largest fleet operator.
Flydubai placed an $11.4 billion order for 111 Boeing 737s and 738s. Qatar Airways officials signed a $19 billion letter of intent for 54 Boeing 777s.
This geek is amazed to see such a strong showing at the Dubai Airshow. Is the United Arab Emirates (UAE) setting the stage to be the next global air travel hub?