Mohammed visits Airshow pavilions
Ruler of Dubai praises flydubai’s services, pledges support to the airliner
DUBAI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, visited the pavilions of several countries participating on the second day of the Dubai Airshow 2017.
At the start of his tour on Monday, Sheikh Mohammed viewed the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that was recently deployed by flydubai, as part of its fleet of 76-modern aircraft. The company will receive five other aircraft carriers at the end of the current year.
Sheikh Mohammed and his delegation were briefed on the qualities and capabilities of the new aircraft by Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, who stated that the deployment of the planes will increase the number of flights by the company and will enhance the fleet’s efficiency in support of its commitment to adding new flights and destinations, such as to Bangkok, Prague and Zanzibar.
The Ruler of Dubai praised the developments to flydubai’s services while stressing his support to enable it become a leading regional and international airline.
He continued his tour of the exhibition by visiting the US pavilion, which included the latest in American civil and military advancements, where he was briefed by the pavilion’s organisers about the various defence, civil and aviation technologies on display, notably various types of missiles and military aircraft. Sheikh Mohammed noted and praised the strong participation of major US companies in the show.
Separately, Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, has held separate meetings with Benoit Dussaugey, Senior Executive Vice President, International at Dassault Aviation and John D. Harris, Vice President of Business Development and CEO of Raytheon International.
He discussed co-operation between the UAE and members of the visiting delegations with them, and ways to enhance ties in the best interest of all sides. They also tackled issues related to defence and military affairs.
The parties exchanged views on the importance of organising the Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the most important international aviation shows which attracts a large number of specialised companies manufacturing aircraft systems. They also agreed that the event represents a great opportunity to learn about the latest industries in aviation and exchanges of experiences.
Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest lowcost carrier, today announced that it has signed a lease agreement for six Airbus A321neo Long Range aircraft with the Los Angeles based Air Lease Corporation.
These additional aircraft will join Air Arabia’s fleet starting in 2019, and will help the airline better serve its existing network as well as enter longer range routes in the near future.
The agreement was signed between Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, and Alex Khatibi, Executive Vice President of Air Lease Corporation, on the sidelines of Dubai Airshow.
The A321 is a member of Airbus Industry’s leading A320 family which makes up most of Air Arabia’s current fleet. The A321neo LR has been further enhanced with its new engine option, NEO, jetliner versions and expanded seating capacity with optimised use of cabin space. It is the longest range single aisle airliner on the market. Air Arabia’s new A321neo LR aircraft will feature 215 seats per aircraft while maintaining Air Arabia’s industry leading seat pitch that customers currently enjoy.
Adel Al Ali commented, “We continue to witness growth in passenger traffic across our hubs and remain focused on our business model and mission to provide affordable fare and value for money to passengers. The addition of A321neo Long Range aircraft allow us to expand our service to longer range destinations and helps offer more flexibility in our existing high density routes. We look forward to receiving the new aircraft in 2019 as we continue to offer our customers an excellent product with more destinations to discover.” The new aircraft will join Air Arabia’s existing fleet of 50 A320s that serve over 133 routes from five hubs in the UAE (Shar- jah and Ras al-khaimah), Morocco, Egypt and Jordan.
Sheikh Mohammed during his visit to the Dubai Airshow 2017.