Highlights from Dubai Airshow 2023: flurry of orders for Boeing


AeroTime has been closely tracking and reporting directly from Dubai Airshow 2023. The event has seen significant deal announcements and has even given rise to some intriguing speculation.

Let’s delve into the highlights that caught our attention the most.

Emirates orders 15 additional Airbus A350-900s

Emirates has ordered 15 Airbus A350-900 widebodies at the Dubai Airshow 2023. The order brings the airline’s total commitment for the type to 65 aircraft. The deal is said to be worth in the order of $6 billion.

No A350-1000s for Etihad for now

Although the announcement is significant, it is not the deal everyone had been anticipating. It had been widely expected that Emirates would be placing its first order for the larger A350 variant – the A350-1000.

Ethiopian Airlines commits to 11 additional Airbus A350-900s

Ethiopian Airlines signs a memorandum of understanding committing to 11 additional Airbus A350-900s, taking its total A350 order to 33.

Ethiopian Airlines orders up to 67 Boeing aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines agreed to order 11 Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 20 737 MAX airplanes with options for respectively 15 and 21 additional jets.

Abelo signs deal for up to 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft

Abelo and ATR finalized a deal for 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft at Dubai Airshow 2023. This includes a confirmed order for 10 aircraft and an option for 10 more.  

Boeing secures SCAT Airlines order for seven 737-8 aircraft

Boeing announced an order for seven Boeing 737-8 airplanes from the Kazakhstani air carrier SCAT Airlines.

EGYPTAIR confirms deal for 10 Airbus A350

EGYPTAIR has announced its second aircraft deal at Dubai Airshow 2023 with an Airbus order for 10 A350-900s

Royal Air Maroc orders two 787-9 Dreamliners

Royal Air Maroc confirms order for two Boeing 787 Dreamliners to expand its long-haul network.

Royal Jordanian orders six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Royal Jordanian has placed an order for six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, boosting its existing fleet of seven of the type.

EGYPTAIR to lease 18 Boeing 737 MAX 8s on path to 125 planes

The CEO of EGYPTAIR, Yehia Zakaria, has told a press conference that it will lease 18 Boeing 737 MAX jets as it looks to build fleet to 125 planes by 2028.

airBaltic expands fleet with 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft

airBaltic ordered 30 additional Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The airline is gearing up to list publicly via an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2024, in which it will present a business plan of 100 aircraft by 2030.

flydubai orders first widebody aircraft: 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing reported another widebody deal, with flydubai announcing the purchase of 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

This marks the entry of the Dubai-based airline into widebody aircraft operations. The deal aims to open new international routes and increase capacity on existing ones.

Emirates buys 55 Boeing 777-9, 35 777-8 jets, and five 787 Dreamliners

Emirates, the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator, bought 55 777-9 and 35 777-8 wide-body airliners, expanding its 777X backlog to 205 aircraft.

“We’ve been closely involved in the 777 program since its start up until this latest generation of 777X aircraft,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, founder and CEO of Emirates commented. “The 777 has been central to Emirates’ fleet and network strategy of connecting cities on all continents non-stop to Dubai.”

In addition, the airline also bought five more Boeing 787 jets, growing its 787 backlog to 35, while converting 30 787-9s to 20 787-8 and 10 787-10 airplanes.

First aircraft order: SunExpress orders 45 Boeing 737 MAX

The order game is on at Dubai Airshow 2023! Boeing just announced an order for 45 Boeing 737 MAX by the Turkish low-cost airline SunExpress, with options for 45 more aircraft. 28 of the firm orders will be for MAX 8, and 17 will be for MAX 10. The air carrier already had an existing backlog for 42 737-8, of which 9 were delivered.

Rolls-Royce runs UltraFan at full power, completes 100% SAF campaign

On the sidelines of Dubai Airshow 2023, Rolls-Royce reports a successful run of the UltraFan technology demonstrator to maximum power and complete 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel test program.

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