THE Dubai Airshow 2023 will open its doors from Monday November 13 to Friday, November 17 coming to Dubai World Central (DWC), the site of Dubai Airshowï. 1,400 exhibitors and more than 180 aircraft will be presented there, such as the highly anticipated Boeing 777-9.
The Dubai Airshow has grown immensely in importance and influence over the years, as evidenced by the success of the November 2021 edition, which saw over $74 billion in contracts announced at the mega-event. It welcomed more than 104,000 participants and recorded a 50% increase in the number of professional visitors, including global senior executives from 148 countries. The next edition should do at least as much.
It will focus on presenting the initiatives and technologies of sustainable development government entities and the wider aerospace industry, reinforcing the UAE’s unwavering commitment to promoting sustainable circularity ahead of COP28 summit to Dubai. Across the country, industry players continue to invest in new projects and initiatives, such as Emirates operating its first demonstration flight powered 100% with sustainable aviation fuel and Dubai Airports implementing implements effective and innovative solutions to limit their environmental impact.
The full list of aircraft presented at the Dubai Airshow has been revealed. Boeing takes center stage with the powerful 777-9 (777X) on display static and in flight, alongside the 787-9. Boeing will still be heading to the Dubai Airshow with a strong presence thanks to Boeing aircraft used by Qatar Airways, Emirates, Oman Air, Gulf Air, among others. At the order level, Boeing should have a large part of the order for Riyadh Air, or 300 to 400 narrow-body planes, according to information from Reuters earlier this year indicating that 100 to 150 of them could follow the path of the American manufacturer (the discount for Airbus?). In addition to this, flydubai could potentially place an order for aircraft 737 MAX, which would further strengthen the program’s presence in the Middle East, if this order is also obtained. Also on the Emirates side, it could be possible to obtain orders for the 787-9 Dreamliner too, as the Emirati carrier awaits its delayed 777-9X orders.
Embraer will introduce its latest “Tech Eagle” livery for the Profit Hunter E195-E2. The Middle East will become an important market for Embraer, especially as regional connectivity continues to grow rapidly. There could be an opportunity to target either low-cost or legacy carriers with orders for the E2 program.
The A380 of Emirates will put up resistance on the Dubai statics, the Emirati company establishing a strong presence with five aircraft (including the Boeing 777-300ER). In addition to the A400M Atlas in the military field, Airbus will present the A321neo, the A321-211 P2F, the A330-800 (neo), but not the A350-1000 which is much talked about today as a serious competitor to the 777X. The European aircraft manufacturer sold a total of 850 aircraft at Le Bourget, which is already a good performance. With the recent blockbuster orders of late, perhaps more can be done. TAll eyes will be on, among other things, Emirates to find out if the United Arab Emirates company will opt for moreAirbus A350-900 Or -1000 given the significant delays of the Boeing 777X (it has 115 orders for this latest model, deliverable from mid-2025). It is true that it wishes to largely renew its long-haul aircraft offering during this decade.