Dubai Airshow roundup


Within 3 hours of opening, the Dubai Airshow achieved record breaking order book, reaching US$162.6bn and surpassing its previous record of US$155bn in 2007.

Boeing and Flydubai announced a commitment for up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow.

According to The National, 5 new A330-200s have been ordered by Qatar airways at the Dubai Airshow. The order includes a further 8 A330-200F options taking the deal to about $2.8bn.

Dubai’s Emirates orders 50 more A380 superjumbos. The deal worth $23bn, is in addition to the 150 777 aircraft ordered to Boeing.

Boeing launches its new 777 jet with 259 Gulf orders valuated at $100bn. Orders includes 150 from Dubai’s Emirates, 50 from Qatar Airways and 25 announced by Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways.

On Nov.17, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways declared the acquisition of 33.3% stake in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline, reported The National.

Boeing and Rostec announce they are expanding their JV by establishing a second Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM) production facility to produce titanium parts in the Titanium Valley of Russia. Boeing officials forecast that it will spend approximately $27bn on Russian titanium, aerospace design-engineering services, as well as a variety of other services and materials over the next decades.

On Nov.18, Sberbank, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Company “Invest AD” signed a tri-lateral Letter of Intent (MoI) to launch their cooperation in the Middle East in marketing and promotion of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 in its basic and long range versions.

Yahsat entered into an agreement with Astrium and Boeing for Ka-band capabilities for maritime patrol aircraft.

Flydubai announced commitment for an order for up to 111 Boeing aircraft valued at $11.4bn.

Airbus and Mubadala signed a strategic agreement for further composite and metallic aerostructure production in the UAE, in addition to procurement of composite raw materials, worth US$2.5bn.

Boeing will partner with Tawazun Precision Industries (TPI), a Tawazun Holding subsidiary, to establish a production aerospace surface treatment facility in theUAE. The project, made possible by the Tawazun Economic Council, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016 in Tawazun Industrial Park in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai-based Quest Aviation Solutions has been appointed exclusive sales distributor for MD Helicopters’ multi mission product range of helicopters in the UAE. The deal was announced at the Dubai Airshow. In the meantime, Quest indicates it will reexamine the opportunity to develop its own light twin helicopter called AVQ.

AgustaWestland announces that the Dubai Police will use 5 AW169s to perform missions such as law enforcement, emergency medical services and VIP transport. The company has also sold an AW189 in VIP transport configuration to Dubai Air Wing.

AMMROC Company owned by Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi-based JV with Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky, has secured an AED 11.5mn contract to perform the overhaul of Eurocopter AS350 aircraft for the UAE Joint Aviation Command, Helihub reported.

On Nov. 18, Boeing Vice-President declared that the company has recently signed an FMS agreement for production of AH-6i helicopters to be delivered to an undisclosed customer, Flight International reported.

Air Cote d’Ivoire placed a conditional order for 2 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s and 2 options. The 2 dual-class configured Q400s will be delivered in August and September 2014.

According to Piaggio Aero, the test flight of the Hammerhead UAV took place at Sicily’s Trapani air base on Nov. 14.

Piaggio Aero Industries announced that India’s Tata group is now its largest shareholder, with 44.5% of equity.

On Nov.18, Rolls-Royce Plc declared that it had won a $300mn order from Qatar Airways for Trent 700 engines to power 5 Airbus aircraft, Reuters reported.

On Nov. 19, Embraer executives announced the purchase agreement with Arab Wings for a Lineage 1000. Delivery of the aircraft is expected for early 2014.

On Nov. 17, AgustaWestland announces that Helicopters of Qatar has signed firm orders for 15 AW189 helicopters. The first 2 aircraft are planned to be delivered in 2014 and fully operational readiness is expected by 2017.