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Cessna Aircra says Saudi Arabia is the country that
will lead the resurgence of the Middle East business-
Speaking at the Dubai show on 13 November,
Mark Paolucci, Cessna s senior vice-president of
sales, said: " ere is no denying the global recession
has impacted the Middle East, but the region s
economies remain fundamentally strong , with Saudi
Arabia predominant. e country s government and
individual customers continue to be key players in the
"Right now, we see Saudi Arabia as the greatest
opportunity for sales in the region," he added. "We
also believe that Citation jets are ideal for business
aviation across the entire Middle East and North
Africa. We also believe that Morocco is another great
market that shows good potential for Cessna."
Assessing the impact of the recession, Paolucci
said: "The new commercial leaders in the Middle
East want to balance their desire for the time-saving
advantages of business aviation with a pragmatic
evaluation of cost. Whether an owner is looking
for short-range regional transportation with our
entry-level Mustang or new M2, a mid-size aircraft
capable of operating in demanding conditions
like the XLS+, or rapid intercontinental travel
with a Citation Ten, Cessna is able to provide a
Paolucci added that Cessna is able to support its
customers in the region through an Authorized
Citation Ser vice Centre in Riyadh and another
opening soon in Cairo.
NEWS IN BRIEF
CFM INTERNATIONAL said in Dubai that the
global fleet of 120 CFM56-7BE-powered
Boeing 737s, delivered since July this
year, logged more than 125,000 flight
hours up to 31 October without a single
engine-related issue. The first aircraft was
handed over to China Southern Airlines this
year. The CFM56-7BE offers a 2 percent
improvement in fuel consumption on
the 737, alongside a 2 percent reduction
in carbon emissions. Additionally, the
enhanced -7B will provide up to 4 percent
lower maintenance costs, depending on the
thrust rating, the engine manufacturer says.
Boeing sees US$450 billion aricraft market in Middle East
Cessna says Saudi Arabia is the 'market
to watch' for business aviation
Boeing predicted during the Dubai show that airlines
in the Middle East will need an estimated 2,520
airplanes worth US$450 billion by 2030, as the
region s carriers continue to surpass global air tra c
and capacity growth rates.
e US manufacturer estimates that the Middle
East s eet of passenger jetliners will grow from 1,040
now to a projected 2,710, an increase of 160 percent.
About 34 percent of the projected demand will be
replacements for current aircra , while 66 percent
will be part of eet expansion plans as airlines gear
up for signi cant growth in demand.
"The Middle East has seen an unprecedented
growth in capacity over the past ten years and every
indication points to a further, signi cantly large
increase over the next 20 years," said Randy Tinseth,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice-president of
marketing , speaking at the show. "The region s
airlines, with their forward-thinking approach, have
become a competitive force globally."
Single- and twin-aisle airliners will account for 90
percent of the Middle East s new aircra deliveries
over the next 20 years, Boeing predicts. An estimated
1,160 single-aisle jets and 1,110 twin-aisle aircra
are expected to be delivered to the region during
Very large airliners such as the Boeing 747-8 or
Airbus s A380 and will account for 7 percent of
projected demand, with an estimated 180 aircra to
be delivered to the Middle East. Regional jets will
account for the remaining 3 percent of demand.
"The collective capacity of three airlines,
Emirates Airline, Etihad Air ways and Qatar
Airways has grown by an average of 23 percent
annually over the past decade and we expect this
trend to continue well into the future," Tinseth
said. "All three airlines base their growth strategies
on the principle that newer, more efficient
airplanes will provide a competitive advantage over
their rivals from Europe and Asia."
As of 14 September, Boeing had a backlog of 300
aircra in the Middle East. Customers in the region
account for 26 percent of Boeing s 777 backlog and
15 percent of 787s on order.
e US manufacturer racked up its share of orders
in Dubai, including an US$18 billion order for 50
Boeing 777-300ERs, with options for 20 more, from
Emirates. e options are valued at US$8 billion.
e order is the single largest commercial aircra
order in Boeing s history by dollar value, making 2011
the best-selling year for the 777 program, surpassing
the previous record of 154 orders set in 2005.
e show also brought the announcement of an
order for six 787-8s from Oman Air -- completing
an arrangement between Boeing and Kuwait-based
lessor ALAFCO to transfer existing orders for the six
aircra from ALAFCO to Oman Air. Meanwhile,
Qatar Airways revealed an order for two 777
Freighters, with a list-price value of US$560 million,
which will increase the airline s 777F eet to eight.
Emirates 777 order is Boeing s biggest-ever order by dollar value.
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