Dubai Airshow Closes with over 500 new Aircraft Orders
The Dubai Airshow took place this week, as the first major international airshow after the past 20 months were impacted by COVID-19, and saw over 500 new aircraft orders for airlines from Airbus and Boeing, showing an optimistic outlook for the entire industry.
AeroGuard was in attendance and exhibiting at the event, as we have at other events in the U.S. this past summer at Sun n Fun and EAA AirVenture, but for many this was the first aviation event in 2 years following many cancellations in 2020 and 2021.
The airshow was a great success, with many in attendance and many important announcements made – not least of all over 500 new aircraft orders. With 101 orders for Boeing announced, and a huge 408 Airbus orders, they were the clear winners at the event – along with the aviation industry as a whole.
Many of the Airbus orders came from Indigo Partners, whose airlines Wizz Air, Frontier, Volaris and JetSMART, ordered 255 news Airbus A321neos. Additionally, a further 111 of the Airbus orders came from ALC, Aircraft Leasing Company, comprised mostly of the A321 as well.
Many of the Boeing orders also came in the form of a large order, this time from Indian start up airline Akasa Air who ordered 72 of the 737MAX.
Other aircraft orders were announced from across the globe including Nigeria, Tanzania and Kuwait, showing growth expectations from around the world. Freighter aircraft were also a notable part of the orders placed including 9 DHL Boeing 767s, and 7 Airbus A350Fs, the first aircraft of that kind to be sold by Airbus.
Overall the airshow was a great event and signal for the entire industry. With each of these aircraft requiring approximately 11 pilots to staff them for the airline to operate, this signals over 5,500 new pilots just from this week of announcements alone. With Boeing estimating a total of 612,000 new pilots required over the next 20 years, there is still a lot more to come!