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Dubai Show Report
The 12th Dubai Airshow was held on 13-17 November, attracting a record 56,548 attendees. Show organisers
said that this year's event saw the announcement of US$63.3 billion worth of orders for aircraft, maintenance
services and flight-training programmes, reflecting renewed optimism in the industry, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Airbus raked in 211 orders and commitments at the
Dubai Airshow, valued at about US$20.5 billion, as
it bene tted from continued strong demand for the
The total included 135 firm orders valued at
US$13.7 billion -- comprising 130 A320neos and ve
A380s -- along with 76 Memoranda of Understanding
(MoUs) worth US$6.8 billion.
e largest single deal was with Qatar Air ways,
which ordered 50 A320neos and ve A380s, worth
US$6.4 billion at list prices. More A320neo rm
orders came from Aviation Lease and Finance
(ALAFCO), which booked 50 aircra , and Aviation
Capital Group (ACG), which ordered 30, with a
combined value of US$7.3 billion. e latter two
orders show "the A320neo s strong investment
appeal" to lessors, Airbus says.
Firm orders aside, the largest commitment at
the show came from Spirit Airlines, which plans
to acquire 75 A320-family aircra worth US$6.7
billion, comprising 30 A320s with wingtip 'Sharklets
and 45 A320neos.
Comlux e Aviation Group signed the rst ever
commitment for an Airbus ACJ321, becoming the
launch customer for the type and expanding Airbus
corporate jet portfolio. is deal, worth US$99.7
million, will make Comlux the rst customer to operate
the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and the ACJ321.
" e order intake at this Airshow is the second best
we ve ever had at Dubai," says John Leahy, Airbus s
chief operating o cer, customers. "Our A320neo
has again been the star of the show. But despite some
storm clouds on the horizon, there is still strong
market demand for fuel-e cient aircra from airlines
e A320neo is scheduled to enter ser vice from
2015 and incorporates the latest-generation engines
and 'Sharklet drag-reduction devices, delivering a
combined 15 percent reduction in fuel consumption.
The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe
commonality with current A320 models, making it
an easy t into existing eets while o ering up to 500
nautical miles (950km) more range or 2 tonnes more
payload at a given range.
By end of the Dubai show, sales of the neo reached
1,420 orders and commitments less than a year a er
launch, which makes it the fastest-selling aircra ever,
according to Airbus. Total rm orders for the A380,
the world s largest airliner, stand at more than 243
from 18 customers worldwide, the company says.
Bombardier Aerospace announced at the show that it
has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco for
the establishment of a manufacturing facility in the
North African country.
Bombardier says it intends to invest approximately
US$200 million in equipment, buildings and start-up
costs over the next eight years. e exact site location will
be announced at a later date, the company adds.
e new Moroccan facility will be implemented in
phases, starting in 2012 with sub-assembly capabilities
for simple structures. Manufacturing will begin in 2013,
while details on the type of components to be made there
"will be nalised in the coming months", the Canadian
By the end of 2020, the new facility is expected to
employ 850 skilled and trained workers. Bombardier
stressed that it does not anticipate any impact on its
current workforce level at other sites as a result of this
"Globalization of our industry has opened up new
markets and new opportunities," says Guy Hachey,
Bombardier Aerospace s president and chief operating
o cer. "We have progressively extended our business
presence around the world and we are continuing today
to better ser ve our international customers."
"Bombardier Aerospace is committed to a long-
term relationship with the Moroccan Government to
develop a world-class aerospace industry in the country,"
Hachey added. "By establishing its own fully integrated
manufacturing facility in Morocco, Bombardier
Aerospace will ser ve as a catalyst for the aerospace
industry in the country and will look for opportunities to
share some of its knowledge and complex manufacturing
Bombardier says the reasons it chose Morocco include :
internationally competitive manufacturing costs, low
shipping and transportation costs, proximity to Europe,
and the commitment by the Moroccan Government to
the development of the aerospace industry.
Bombardier to establish component
manufacturing capability in Morocco
Airbus wins orders US$20.5 billion
order bonanza for A320neo, A380
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker (left) with
Airbus COO Customers John Leahy at the
NEWS IN BRIEF
QATAR AIRWAYS has selected Thales
to provide in-flight entertainment
(IFE) systems for its Airbus A350 fleet.
The companies announced at the
Dubai show that they have signed
an agreement covering all 80 of the
airline's A350s, including 40 -900
series aircraft, 20 smaller -800s and
20 stretched -1000 versions. Qatar
will use Thales' TopSeries Avant
system on the new aircraft, which,
the European manufacturer says,
offers features such as high-definition
video, solid-state hard drives and
faster processors, alongside 10.6-inch
to 17-inch touch-screen displays and
compatibility with personal electronic
devices. The first A350-900 will be
delivered to Qatar in 2014.
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