The Dubai Airshow is produced by F&E Aerospace, a division of F&E, one of the most influential & long-standing names in the Middle East's events sector - delivering international trade events across a variety of markets since 1958.











SUNDAY , November 17



  • Orders at the Dubai Airshow kept coming thick and fast, at a record-breaking breaking pace at the first day in the Dubai World Central (DWC) new venue. Following on from a record-breaking morning order intake of US$192.3 billion, the afternoon saw Etihad Airways up the buying stakes with a US$26.9 billion order for 87 Airbus aircraft, plus purchase rights for a further 30. The deal – for 50 A350s, 36 Airbus A320/A321neo and an A330-220F freighter - includes related engines. The A320/A321neos are scheduled for delivery from 2018, while the A350s will be delivered from 2020 onwards. Etihad’s newly-purchased A350s will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, while the Airbus A330-200 freighter will be driven by two Trent 700s. Meanwhile the A320/A321neos will be powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines.CEO James Hogan said the purchase opened up Europe to travellers on Etihad-branded aircraft.  The announcement was followed swiftly by news of Etihad Airways new daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Zurich, from June 1, 2014, complementing its existing Geneva route. Airbus was also celebrating a Dubai Airshow deal with Qatar Airways for five A330-200Fs, including eight options in a deal worth potentially worth over US $2.8 billion at list prices.


MONDAY,  November 18


  • The aircraft financing and leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and ATR signed a contract for the purchase of 5 firm and 5 optional ATR 72-600 aircraft. The deal is valued at $241 million (USD). Deliveries will commence in 2015. The agreement was signed by Norman Liu, President and CEO of GECAS, and Filippo Bagnato, ATR Chief Executive Officer, at the Dubai International Air Show.

    Today's order from GECAS for up to 10 ATR 72-600 aircraft confirms the increasing role played by the leasing market for financing ATR's fuel-efficient turboprop airplanes. The new turboprops will benefit from the latest technological developments that distinguish the -600s: a new avionics suite with latest generation glass cockpit, redesigned and stylish cabin interiors, and enhanced engine performance and payload.


  • By the close of Day two, the total order intake at the show, which runs at the Dubai World Central aerotropolis until Thursday (November 21), tallied US$193.9 billion following on from yesterday’s historic US$192.3 billion toll – the largest in any airshow history.

    Abidjan-based airline, Air Côte d’Ivoire – the national airline of the Ivory Coast -began the second day’s activities by signing a conditional purchase agreement with Bombardier Aerospace for two Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for an additional two. Based on list price, the value of the two firm-ordered Q400 NextGens is approximately US $69 million – with the order value rising to US $141 million if the options are taken up.

    Bombardier scooped a second dividend with the news that Dubai’s Palma Holding Limited has become the first Middle Eastern lessor for its Q400 NextGen aircraft with the signing of a letter of intent to buy eight of the dual-class aircraft. Based on the list price, the potential contract value for the Palma deal, covering four A400 firm orders and four options, would be approximately US $282 million.

    Newly-launched Tripoli-based airline, Libyan Wings, which is due to begin passenger and charter flights from the beginning of next year, signed an MOU with Airbus for three A350-900s and four A320neos.

    Turkish Airlines revealed at the show that it has selected the full suite of Rockwell Collins avionics, including its industry-leading MultiScan Threat Detection System and GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver and SATCOM for 17 Airbus A330s, 25 Airbus A320s, 20 Boeing 777s and 20 Boeing Next-Generation 737s with deliveries to begin next year. The carrier also entered into a long-term, customised, price-per-repair service agreement with Rockwell Collins to support avionics on its new fleet.

    Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Infinity, a leading vertical aviation player, announced it has selected the USA’s FlightSafety International to design and equip its new, US $267 million ISS Aviation Academy planned for Riyadh. Infinity is the major investor in the 50,000 square metre academy which will be equipped with full flight simulators and other advanced technology training devices. ISS says the academy will operate to world standards and help provide some of the 20,000 pilots the Middle East is expected to need over the next decade.

    Another partnership sealed at the show was between Boeing and Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Precision Industries (TPI) to set up a production aerospace surface treatment facility in Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Industrial Park. The project is due to be commissioned in 2016 with Boeing providing manufacturing and technology expertise as well as programme management best practices to support the new facility as it applies for aerospace certifications.


TUESDAY,  November 18


  • As the Dubai Airshow 2013 entered its third day, its record-breaking order book broke through the US$200 billion ceiling raising the event’s profile as a world central business player.

    Deals for Bombardier aircraft took the order tally to new airshow heights with Iraqi Airways signing a letter of intent for five CS300 mainline jetliners, worth approximately US$387 million, increasing to US$1.26 billion if 11 options converted into firm orders. 

    Minutes later low-cost Thai carrier, Nok Air, placed a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, as well as purchase rights on four more. The order is valued at approximately US$63 million and could increase to US$258 million if Nok Air exercises its options and purchase rights.

    Day Three also saw Bell Helicopter announce that by year end, it will make the global debut delivery of its first Bell 412EPI to Abu Dhabi Aviation, where it will be used for offshore oilfield support.

    Saudi Arabia’s Alpha Star Support Services signed a US$13.3 million contract to supply ground support equipment to fellow Saudi Arabian concern TLD. The contract includes two tractors, belt and cargo loaders, air conditioning and ground power units, jet starters and passenger steps.


 WEDNESDAY, November 19


  • The eyes of the world are focused on the new venue, Dubai World Central, where this year’s biennial Dubai Airshow has attracted 1,046 exhibitors, 163 aircraft on static display and a record-breaking US$200 billion order book.

    UK-based engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce revealed a strategic partnership with the UAE government-owned Mubadala Aerospace to service its Trent XWB engines, the first such Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in the Middle East, based in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    Rolls-Royce suggests the region will have one of the highest concentrations of Trent engines globally in the next decade, especially after Etihad Airways ordered US$5 billion of Trent XWB engines on Monday at the Dubai Airshow.

    As part of the agreement, the engine manufacturer will also source US$500 million of parts over a ten-year period from Mubadala.

    Germany’s business jet operator, DC Aviation, has joined regional business powerhouse Al Futtaim in launching the first fully integrated, free-standing hangar and FBO operation, with a private lounge, at Al Maktoum International Airport’s Aviation District at Dubai World Central, which has already received its first flight.

    DC Aviation Al Futtaim has received considerable interest at Dubai Airshow 2013 and will be at MEBA with the same stand in 2014, with Ostheimer declaring his delight at the overwhelming level of interest his new company has received during the event.

    Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced a key order during a Dubai Airshow briefing for its new E2 series from an unnamed Middle East operator within weeks.

    The three-variant E2 series, which feature new wings, is thought to be under consideration by Qatar Airways for its proposed domestic operations in Saudi Arabia.


THURSDAY , November 20


  • A dramatic downpour swept in on today’s Dubai Airshow, the last day of the five-day mega-event that took place for the first time at the Dubai World Central aerotropolis this week, from November 17-21.

    Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects  (DAEP) and organisers of the Dubai Airshow - F&E Aerospace took swift action to ensure the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors to the packed event, which has drawn 1,065 exhibitors from 60 countries; as well as thousands of attendees.

    CEO of F&E Aerospace, Sharief Fahmy, said: “The downpour did little to quash the high spirits of exhibitors and visitors to what has already been dubbed the benchmark event for global aviation. We decided to close the hall for the safety of all, especially after taking advice from Dubai Civil Defence, who will always put the safety of people first.”

    The torrential downpour put a swift end to a show which saw a record breaking order book in excess of US$200 billion by the end of the fourth day.