Sign­ing up for new air­craft to en­hance the fleet, agree­ing for bet­ter main­te­nance, and com­ing to­gether to work bet­ter; many avi­a­tion lead­ers gain through trade dur­ing the Mid­dleEastern airshow.

SP's Airbuz - - Show Report Dubai Airshow 2019 - AYUSHEE CHAUD­HARY

No airshow is com­plete with­out some ac­tive trade mo­ments with deals, an­nounce­ments, agree­ments, etc. go­ing around through the course of the event and the 2019 Dubai Airshow was no dif­fer­ent. Be­low are some of those ma­jor high­lights that hap­pened dur­ing the Dubai Airshow:

Emi­rates Chair­man Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Mak­toum made an or­der to Air­bus of 50 A350-900s worth $16 bil­lion at list prices. The de­liv­er­ies are to start in 2023 and con­tinue till 2028. Emi­rates also signed a pur­chase agree­ment $8.8 bil­lion for 30 Boe­ing 787-9 Dream­lin­ers. The new Dream­lin­ers are also to start be­ing de­liv­ered in 2023 and span five years. Emi­rates still has 126 of Boe­ing's 777Xs on or­der and re­mains the world’s largest 777 op­er­a­tor with 155 of the twin­jet in its fleet. The new agree­ment also cov­ered the pro­vi­sion of 777 spare parts by Boe­ing Global Ser­vices.

A deal worth $14 bil­lion was signed by Air Ara­bia with Air­bus for a pur­chase of 120 new air­craft, con­sist­ing of A320­neos, A321­neos and A321 XLRs. The air­line cur­rently op­er­ates mainly from Shar­jah with a fleet of 53 Air­bus air­craft.

Air­bus was prob­a­bly among the most ben­e­fit­ted one at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. While the man­u­fac­turer un­veiled in­ter­est­ing ini­tia­tives to­wards its sus­tain­abil­ity com­mit­ment, it also an­nounced new busi­ness for its wide-body and sin­gleaisle com­mer­cial jet­lin­ers, along­side bag­ging var­i­ous or­ders.

Air­bus’ A220 en­thralled new African customer as it signed a let­ter of in­tent cov­er­ing eight of the A220-300 vari­ant from Air Sene­gal to start de­liv­er­ies in 2021. A220 has a list price of $81 mil­lion apiece. Apart from re­gional and in­tra-con­ti­nen­tal ser­vices, Air Sene­gal plans to fly the air­planes from Dakar to Euro­pean des­ti­na­tions.

Saudi Ara­bia’s Fly­nas signed a firm or­der for ten A321XLRs, rais­ing its to­tal or­der count for A320-fam­ily jets to 90. The or­der is a con­ver­sion of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) signed at June’s Paris Airshow.

EasyJet, Europe's sec­ond-big­gest bud­get air­line, used it pur­chase rights to en­hance its fleet of A320­neos with 12 new air­craft, tak­ing its to­tal or­der count for the A320­neo fam­ily to 159 air­craft and its over­all or­ders for A320-fam­ily jets to 480. Boe­ing and the Re­pub­lic of Ghana signed an MoU for three air­planes with a list price value of $877.5 mil­lion as the coun­try in­tends to re-launch an air­line start­ing with the 787-9 Dream­liner.

Boe­ing also an­nounced at the Dubai Airshow ser­vices, or­ders and agree­ments with lead­ing air­lines and gov­ern­ments in­clud­ing Egypt Apache, TAAG An­gola Air­lines and FlySAFAIR. FlySAFAIR joined over 300 in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers us­ing Boe­ing Main­te­nance Per­for­mance Tool­box to ac­cess their fleets' real-time dig­i­tal main­te­nance data and engi­neer­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion.

The man­u­fac­turer sold of a pair of 787-9s worth $585 mil­lion at list price to Bi­man Bangladesh Air­lines.

LATAM Air­lines Group, one of Latin Amer­ica's lead­ing pas­sen­ger and cargo air­lines, an­nounced mul­ti­year agree­ments that will pro­vide LATAM ac­cess to Boe­ing's global sup­ply chain for 787 and 777 Land­ing Gear Ex­change ser­vices. Boe­ing pre­vi­ously an­nounced agree­ments with EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Air­lines, Eti­had Air­ways, and Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines (Sau­dia) at the show for a range of air­craft life­cy­cle solutions span­ning Global Ser­vices' ro­bust suite of of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing land­ing gear, en­gine sup­port, dig­i­tal solutions, and ma­te­ri­als parts ac­cess.

Air As­tana's in­tent to or­der 30 Boe­ing 737 MAX 8 air­planes to serve as the back­bone of its new low-cost air­line FlyArys­tan was also an­nounced dur­ing the show.

Egyp­tian flag car­rier, EGYPTAIR also an­nounced to lease two more 787-9 jets from lead­ing lessor AerCap.

SunEx­press too ex­er­cised it op­tions for 10 ad­di­tional Boe­ing 737 MAX 8 air­planes to con­tinue re­new­ing its fleet and grow­ing its po­si­tion in the leisure travel in­dus­try.

Honey­well Aero­space signed a deal with Le­banon’s Mid­dle East Air­lines (MEA) to pro­vide flight deck avion­ics suites for 19 air­craft MEA has or­dered from Air­bus in­clud­ing eleven A321­neos, four A330­neos, and four A321XLRs. The air­line also serves as the launch customer for the XLR and the Honey­well con­tract also puts the com­pany among the first flight deck tech­nol­ogy sup­pli­ers for the newly launched air­craft. Honey­well’s in­te­grated multi-mode re­ceiver, In­tuVue RDR4000 weather radar, Pegasus II flight man­age­ment sys­tem, emer­gency lo­ca­tor trans­mit­ter, and en­hanced ground prox­im­ity warn­ing sys­tem as part of the suites will be pro­vided un­der the deal. Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines, Sau­dia also ex­tended its part­ner­ship with Honey­well to in­clude main­te­nance ser­vices for aux­il­iary power units (APUs) in­stalled on the air­line’s Air­bus A330s and Boe­ing 777s.

Sales of three Dash 8-400 tur­bo­props from De Hav­il­land Canada were also an­nounced to Elin Group of Nige­ria in a deal worth US$99mil­lion. While Palma Hold­ing, a Dubai-based prop­erty leas­ing com­pany signed a let­ter of in­tent to pur­chase 20 of the De Hav­il­land Dash 8-400s. Once the pur­chase agree­ment is fi­nal­ized, Palma would be­come the first lessor world­wide to or­der the Dash 8-400 tur­bo­props in a dual-class con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Nige­ria’s Air Peace topped up its fleet with the pur­chase of three Em­braer 195-E2s, while Egyp­tian lessor CIAF pur­chased three E190s and Omani low-cost car­rier SalamAir agreed the lease of two Air­bus A321 Neos from GECAS.

Collins Aero­space re­ceived a con­tract by the In­dian start-up car­rier, FlyBig to pro­vide its Arinc PaxLink sys­tem cov­er­ing reser­va­tions and in­ven­tory man­age­ment, dis­tri­bu­tion and de­par­ture con­trol with “one in­te­grated cloud-based sys­tem”. FlyBig is ex­pected be op­er­a­tional with PaxLink by the first quar­ter of 2020. Collins also signed a 10-year sup­port agree­ment with Eti­had Air­ways cov­er­ing the air­line's fleet of Boe­ing 787-9s, which will be in­cluded in Collins's Dis­patch flight-hour main­te­nance pro­gramme. Collins Aero­space will pro­vide “crit­i­cal on-site spares, main­te­nance ser­vices in­clud­ing up­grades, ac­cess to world­wide 787 as­set pools, and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance for avion­ics.”

Another agree­ment was an­nounced be­tween GE Avi­a­tion and Sanad Aerotech for the Abu Dhabi-based MRO to pro­vide main­te­nance ser­vices for GE’s GEnx-1B en­gines as well as con­tin­ued time (quick turn) over­hauls on CFM In­ter­na­tional’s Leap en­gines, both of which power next-gen­er­a­tion nar­rowand wide-body air­lin­ers.

Dubai-based Em­pire Avi­a­tion Group (EAG) launched a fresh air­craft man­age­ment arm in Egypt and has also re­ceived ap­proval to pro­vide con­tin­u­ing air­wor­thi­ness man­age­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion (CAMO) ser­vices for third party op­er­a­tors, the com­pany an­nounced at the Dubai Airshow.

Emi­rates Air­line or­ders 50 A350XWB at Dubai Airshow 2019

Collins Aero­space re­ceived a con­tract by the In­dian start-up car­rier, FlyBig to pro­vide its Arinc PaxLink sys­tem

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