Emirates has had an extremely big week at the Dubai Airshow, signing commitments for aircraft and additional services, valued at well over $60-70bn.
As expected, the carrier did not disappoint on home turf, announcing both orders, but also agreements to sustain it’s long-term future over the next 20 years.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Emirates Started Out The Dubai Airshow With A Bang…
Emirates started out the proceedings at the Dubai Airshow with an epic flypast formation flight which caught the attention of everyone attending the event.
The formation consisted of it’s A380 aircraft being followed by the Al Fursan team, followed by the 777, and then the Etihad Airways Airbus A350, Air Arabia A320 and a flydubai Boeing 737.
“The impressive aerial feat follows months of thorough and cross-functional planning between stakeholders including multiple teams at Emirates and the other UAE carriers, the UAE Ministry of Defence, UAE Military, Emirates pilots, Flight Operation Managers and Air Traffic Controllers working together with the Dubai Air Show Flying Control Committee”, the carrier said in a statement.
And what a show it was!
To The Aircraft Orders We Go…
Emirates also made waves on the aircraft order front at the Dubai Airshow, making the following orders with Airbus & Boeing:
Commenting on the deals was HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chairman & CEO of the Emirates Group:
“From day 1, Emirates’ business model has been to operate modern and efficient wide-body aircraft capable of carrying large numbers of travellers comfortably and safely, over long distances to and via Dubai.”
“Today’s aircraft orders reflect that strategy.
“These additional aircraft will enable Emirates to connect even more cities, supporting the Dubai economic agenda D33 set out by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to add 400 cities to Dubai’s foreign trade map over the next decade.”
“By the early 2030s, we expect the Emirates fleet to be around 350-strong, connecting Dubai to even more cities around the world.”
It Didn’t Just Stop at Orders for Emirates At The Dubai Airshow…
For Emirates, the agreements didn’t stop there at the Dubai Airshow. Over the course of the week, they made the following announcements:
- The building of a new $950m engineering facility at Dubai World Central.
- Activation of reciprocal interlining partnership with Condor.
- Signing of a $1.2bn deal with SAFRAN to provide plethora of services for new A350 & 777-9 aircraft, as well as to the 777-300 fleet.
- Signing of agreements, valued at over $1.5bn, to provide further longevity to their A380 aircraft.
- Memorandum of Understanding with the UAE GCAA to provide training solutions for employees working in the engineering departments.
- Partners with Boeing to advance aircraft maintenance with digitally focused solutions.
As you can see, Emirates had a busy period at the Dubai Airshow, signing agreements valued upwards of around $75-80bn altogether, which highlights strong investment from the carrier going into the long-run.
Overall: All Eyes on the Carrier For The Future…
Looking ahead, all eyes will be on Emirates as they walk away from the Dubai Airshow securing their long-term future through the incredible investments made.
With the Airbus A380 remaining in the fleet well into the 2030s and maybe even the 2040s, these aircraft will complement the Boeing 777X, 787s, and A350s well as the growth path continues.
It will be an interesting angle to look at the carrier going into the future, as this further places their footing on the market, not just in the Middle East but beyond.
So for now, things are looking very exciting with Emirates as the Dubai Airshow comes to an end.
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