Dubai Airshow 2017: Emirates signs multi-billion deals with Airbus and Boeing

Anastasia Dagaeva
November 12, 2017
Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the worlds-top aerospace events opened its doors on 12 November. It’s already a third-biggest major airshow after Paris Airshow and Farnborough International Airshow, although it’s history only began in 1987. 

Dubai Airshow 2017 meets some complicated political background this time. During the summer months, several Gulf states broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar. For the first time, the regular star participant of the airshow, Qatar Airways will not appear.  Also, last week, 60 top-ranked Saudis were arrested — among them Royal family members, businessmen and government officials. It seems, aviation demonstration is not a top priority for Saudi Arabia now, in the past they paid a strong interest in executive aviation. 

Nevertheless, airshow organizers are promising an unforgettable event. Defence section is huge. A Space Conference will take place for the first time, too. 

The main hero is Emirates airline. Things were taken serious to get prepared for the show: almost a month ago the 100th A380 featuring a portrait of UAE’s first King joined the airline fleet. The jet will greet the airshow guests, wing to wing with a newest Boeing-777, also carrying the King’s portrait on board. 

The biggest airshow deals are also expected from Emirates. According to Reuters, Emirates will sign for 30 more Airbus A380 airliners. The current order book is 142 jets, 100 of which already delivered. The deal is valued $14 billion.

On the first day of the show, the airline has placed a major order for 40 Boeing B787-10 Dreamliner jets worth $ 15,1 billion, to thrust its medium and long-haul network growth. Deliveries are to begin from 2022.  

The world’s major aerospace manufacturers brought  the best they can to Dubai Airshow 2017:

Airbus A350-900  
Airbus’ presence at the Dubai Airshow 2017 will be highlighted by the A350-900, which has secured at least seven customers across the Middle East and North Africa. These include Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which is awaiting the delivery of 40 A350-900s and 22 stretched A350-1000s. Airbus will also display the ACJ319 with executive cabin configuration, as well as the A400M and C295 military airlifters. 

Boeing 787-10 
Boeing is taking it’s longest and newest 787-10 out of its flight-test program to bring it to the show. The «double-stretch» 787-10 first flew at the end of March and is scheduled to enter service in the first half of 2018. Etihad’s order for the jet is 30 aircrafts. Boeing 737-8 Boeing’s re-engined 737 8MAX will be on display at Dubai in the colors of flydubai. The Emirates sister carrier ordered the aircraft at the 2013 show and became the first Middle East airline to operate the latest 737 model. 

Bombardier CS300 
After its Dubai debut at the 2015 show, Bombardier’s C Series is returning to the Middle East buoyed by the announcement that Airbus plans to take control of the program toward the end of 2018, bringing its sales and support. The larger CS300 version of the all-new 100-150-seat narrow-body aircraft will be on display at Dubai in the colors of the it’s launch customer airBaltic.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 
Sukhoi’s Superjet 100 will return to the Dubai show in search of customers in the Middle East, and with a reorganization underway at home in Russia that is merging Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. with Irkut, developer of the new MC-21 narrow-body, to create an Airbus-style Civil Aviation Division under government-owned United Aircraft Corp. Apart of SSJ-100, the military Sukhoi jets will fight for the showstopper award — Sukhoi Su-35 advanced jet fighter and «Russian Knights» aerobatic team on Sukhoi Su-30s. 

Business Jets
Dubai Airshow is a traditional site for executive aviation manufacturers to present themselves — Gulfstream (G650ER, G550, G280); Bombardier (Global 6000, Challenger 350); Embraer (Legacy 500, Legacy 650E, Lineage 1000E), Dassault Falcon (Falcon 8X, Falcon 900LX) will all be there, waiting for customers. 

Falcon 8X 


Lineage 1000E

Photos/videos: Emirates, Boeing, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Gulfstream