The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its Middle East debut at the Dubai Airshow, which is being held from November 13 to November 17 at Dubai’s Airport Expo.
Among the other Boeing aircraft in display at the Dubai Airshow will be the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
The Boeing 787 will remain on static display during the show. Boeing has a backlog of 131 Dreamliners on order from customers in the region.
“The Middle East has demonstrated extraordinary resilience in the face of the global economic slowdown, and this is reflected in the significant growth experienced in both the commercial aviation and defense sectors,” says Jeffrey Johnson, president, Boeing Middle East. “As we look to the future, we see a high level of potential to further grow our regional capabilities, and we remain committed to working closely with our customers and partners here to help them achieve their goals.”
Boeing commercial aircraft on display at the Dubai show will include a Boeing 777-200LR operated by Qatar Airways. This aircraft will be on static display.
Local low-cost carrier Flydubai will showcase a 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, and a privately owned Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) also will be present.
On the defense side, the range of Boeing aircraft in service with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces and displayed at the show will include a UAE Land Forces AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, a UAE Air Force C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft, and a UAE Special Operations Command CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopter.
The V-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter and fly like a fixed-wing aircraft, will make demonstration flights to showcase its capabilities, as will the AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter. A Turkish Air Force Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Peace Eagle, an F-15 Strike Eagle, and an F/A-18E Super Hornet will be on static display during the show.