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Dubai Airshow 2017: Crowd Cheers as Lopez Performs, Airbus Bags $49.5bn Deal


The region’s top aerospace show has been in the news, right from Day 1. And with each passing day, the exhibition has got everyone talking.

Here’s what has happened until the present at Dubai Airshow 2017:

Air Arabia announces leasing agreement with Air Lease Corp.

Furthering its attempt to serve longer range routes, Air Arabia, UAE’s only listed airline, announced a leasing agreement with Air Lease Corp. According to the agreement announced on Monday, the 13th, the carrier will be adding six Airbus A321neo LR aircrafts to its fleet, which only comprised of all Airbus jets until now. Speculations are rife that Air Arabia could use these 215-seat long-range jets to launch new routes in Asia. Sources say that these routes could include cities in China, Thailand and Malaysia.

Airbus bags $49.5 billion deal

Airbus, snubbed by Emirates earlier this week, has struck a $49.5bn worth deal with US investment firm Indigo Partners, which also owns the Frontier Airlines. Emirates had chosen Boeing over Airbus, but the latter has now landed a deal for 430 aircrafts, and that more than doubles Airbus’ existing order book for the year. The company had orders of about 290 aircrafts as of October 31, 2017. The deal in question includes 273 A320neo jets and 157 of the larger A321neo variant, and is being seen as a crowning achievement for sales chief John Leahy, who will be retiring soon.

Airbus scores more than one A330-900neo

Airbus has yet another reason to celebrate; the company has grabbed an order of two A330-900neos from Air Senegal, the new flag-carrier of the west African nation of Senegal. The airline, headed by Philippe Bohn, who happens be the former head of business development at Airbus, is likely to use the aircrafts for launching long-haul services to Paris in the near future.

Boeing closes $27bn deal

Boeing, it seems, is also on a roll – the company has a reached a $27bn deal with FlyDubai, a low-cost airline owned by the Government of Dubai. The carrier that currently operates an all-Boeing fleet inked the deal for 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircrafts.

Boeing to sell four cargo freighters to Ethiopian Airlines

Just like Airbus, Boeing also has an African order in its kitty; the company has announced that it is to sell four cargo freighters to Ethiopian Airlines. The deal is believed to be worth $1.3bn, and the best part is that the airline is still discussing an option for the 777X passenger plane.

Jennifer Lopez steals the show

On the entertainment front, Jennifer Lopez, the famed American singer, actress and dancer, put on an iconic performance for 3500 VIPs at the Dubai Airshow gala dinner 2017. The gala dinner, hosted by Dubai Airports, Emirates, and Dubai DutyFree, has witnessed performances by the likes of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry in the previous years.

The Dubai Airshow 2017 has been a roller coaster; while Qatar Airways decided not to participate in the aerospace show, owing to the regional tensions in the Middle East, Etihad seems to have been trying to fill the void. The exhibition, which started with grand displays by Sukhoi Su-30SM from the Russian Knights aerobatic team and The US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, will conclude today.


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