Dubai Airshow 2023: Spotlight on Carriers and Fleets

The biggest edition of the Dubai Airshow, regarded as the world’s leading event for the aerospace, space, and defense industries, kicks off on November 13 at the Dubai World Central with the theme “The Future of the Aerospace Industry”.

The five-day event brings the industry trailblazers under one roof, discussing future trends and opportunities in the aviation, space, and defense industries. More than 1,400 exhibitors from 95 countries with over 300 international speakers will drive collaboration and technological advancement, and push boundaries of sustainable innovation for the future.

This is an opportune event for airlines seeking to modernize their fleets to see what aircraft there are. John Strickland, aviation industry analyst, said manufacturers’ order books are full several years ahead, but some new announcements would definitely be made at the Dubai show. “flydubai has indicated for some time that it has been planning a new order and studying options from Airbus, and Boeing.”

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He shared that Emirates has significant new orders to come but will be looking beyond these to its needs in the next decade when it will need to start replacing its large A380s. “That is a complex decision as no other aircraft of similar size is available. Saudi airline Riyadh Air is in the market for a short-haul fleet, having announced orders for long-haul Boeing 787s.” According to Bloomberg, the new Saudi airline is nearing an order for up to 100 Boeing 737 MAXs. A final agreement could be announced during the Airshow.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways is expected to turn heads with its A350-1000 and 787-9 for the static display. Beond, the world’s first premium leisure airline, will bring its pioneering vision to life as its state-of-the-art Airbus A319 makes a grand appearance on static display.

Archer Aviation Inc, an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft company, announced its Midnight aircraft will make its Middle Eastern debut, while ArcosJet DMCC and Lilium NV will showcase a full-size mock-up of the all-electric-vertical takeoff and landing Lilium Jet.

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