At the Dubai Air Show, Boeing will want to look towards increasing the number of aircraft sold following Airbus’ domination at Paris. Let’s preview.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Dubai Air Show: Boeing To Push For All-Round Orders…
Boeing is expected to take a big chunk of Riyadh Air’s narrowbody demand of 300-400 aircraft, with a report from Reuters earlier this year stating that 100-150 of them could go the American planemaker’s way.
On top of this, flydubai could potentially make an order for 737 MAX aircraft, which would further bolster the program’s presence in the Middle East, if that order also gets secured too.
On the Emirates front also, there could be some scope to secure orders for the 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft too, whilst the UAE carrier waits for their delayed 120 777-9Xs on order.
For example, back in April 2022, Sir Tim Clark mentioned that the first 777X may be as late as 2025, which is producing concerns within the Middle Eastern carrier.
Boeing goes to the Dubai Air Show with having a strong Middle East presence through Boeing aircraft utilized with Qatar Airways, Emirates, Oman Air, Gulf Air amongst others.
These airlines will no doubt be the target for additional aircraft to be ordered on the American planemaker’s side, to further solidify market share in the long-haul side of the equation, and to a degree the short-haul side of things too.
At this stage, it is unclear what sort of orders will come out of the Dubai Air Show, but this is again another opportunity for the American planemaker to increase order counts and backlogs, something that Airbus has been dominating with around 8,000 aircraft awaiting production and delivery.
However, in the context of airlines in the region making orders, this should be a competitive air show with Boeing’s competitor, Airbus, as there is a lot of market share up for grabs, especially in Saudi Arabia through the creation and expansion of existing airlines too.
All eyes will be on how the American planemaker gets on, with the expectation that they will make a heavy dent into orders, and to further challenge Airbus.
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