Published On: Mon, Nov 13th, 2017

Dubai Airshow Starts with Emirates Buying $15 billion Boeing


Dubai AirshowDubai Airshow is taking place this month and it opened with one of the world’s best airline Emirates. It bought American Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners of $15.1 billion.

Many airlines are taking part in Dubai Airshow; however, Qatar Airways is missing from the action in this trade show. The reason being the failed talks between Qatar and Four Arab nations.

In previous year Qatar Airways had played a great role in the Dubai Air Show, keeping a large pavilion and exhibiting its latest aircraft to visitors.

Questions were asked by Journalists to Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum regarding Boeing’s European competitor Airbus, specifically its A350. To which he said, “We were comparing the two apples,” he further added that said, they found Boeing 787 “the best option” for Emirates “given its maintenance and so on.” The Boeing 787-10 is normally priced at $312.8 million. It is expected that Delivery will begin in 2022.

Boeing makes the 787 at its plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. Furthermore, Boeing has also signed a deal with China to sell 300 airplanes at a value of $37 billion. This deal was signed on Trump’s visit to China.

It has been stated by Sheikh Ahmed that this new deal will help in enhancing employment opportunities. The agreement took place under the attendance of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the United Arab Emirates’ prime minister and vice president.

Sheikh Ahmed said, “The order will take Emirates’ total number of wide body aircraft of the Boeing to 204 aircraft units worth over $90 billion.”

Furthermore, he added that “This is a long-term commitment that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs, not only at Boeing but also throughout the aviation supply chain.”

Emirates has suffered in the recent year due to Trump’s ban on some Muslim countries. Emirates is the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator, with 165 in service today.

The Dubai airshow started with Emirates, unveiling its brand new state of the art first class private suite. Furthermore, it will also be comprised of virtual windows. There is also a video call feature, which links passengers to the cabin crew.

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- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.