The biennial Dubai Airshow at Dubai World Central International Airport kicked off Sunday, with plenty of newsworthy headlines to come in the first day. Big orders, awesome flyovers, and aircraft displays highlighted the first of four days of action.

Boeing:

Photo: Boeing

Emirates places order for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner’s

The first major order made at this years Dubai Airshow was by the city’s local airline, Emirates, for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, worth USD $15.1 billion (AED د.إ55.5 billion) The agreement includes conversion rights to switch the aircraft to the smaller 787-9 Dreamliner, offering additional fleet flexibility. The new Dreamliner’s will come in a mixture of two and three-cabin configurations, seating between 240 and 330 passengers. The first delivery is scheduled for 2022.

The order comes just 4 years after Emirates ordered 150 Boeing 777X aircraft equipped with next generation GE9X engines at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, which will be delivered from 2020 onwards.

Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said in a press conference on site, “Emirates’ orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030’s. Some of these will be replacements so that we maintain a young and efficient fleet, and others will power our future network growth. We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network.”

Azerbaijan Airlines orders 5 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner’s and two large freighters

Perhaps overshadowed by the massive Emirates order, Azerbaijan Airlines placed an order for five more Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and committed to two large freighters. The agreement is worth roughly USD $1.9 billion at current list prices.

Along with the order, the airline also announced it will be the launch customer of the 787 Landing Gear Exchange Program where Boeing Global Services will provide the carrier with a lower-cost solution for overhauled and certified landing gears for its Dreamliner fleet, which will become seven aircraft strong.

AZAL President Jahangir Askerov said in a statement, “We are delighted to expand our partnership with The Boeing Company, which has been a reliable partner in supplying modern airplanes, and helping us operate and maintain the jets. Ordering additional 787 Dreamliner airplanes will greatly expand our airline’s capabilities, allowing us to serve new destinations and carry more passengers.”

Aircraft on Display:

Boeing will bringing all of its best to the 2017 DAS, with the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, CST-100 Starliner spacecraft simulator, AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and even the F-15 multi-role fighter making an appearance in Dubai.

Airbus:

Airbus fell behind to Boeing quickly on Day 1, with no notable orders being made by any major customer. This is expected to change in the coming days, with major airlines searching for options to replace aging aircraft with new, state-of-the-art technologies to keep up with increasing demand in air travel.

Aircraft on Display:

The Airbus ACJ319 is a corporate jet based off the A319 that is developed with Comlux. (Photo: Airbus)

As with Boeing, Airbus is bringing a parade of its newest flying technology to the airshow, with the A350-900 making a demo flight, the showcasing of the Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ319ceo in partnership with Comlux, Airbus Defence is bringing the next generation A400M airlifter and C295 military transport and mission aircraft that was recently used in hurricane support in the Caribbean, and the new cabins available with the Airbus A330neo Airspace cabin that presents a higher-tech experience for passengers and crew with larger lavatories and overhead bins as well as new vibrant mood lighting and customizable ceiling lightings stencils.

Featured photo from Dubai Airshow.

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