Dubai Airshow Sees $54.5 Billion In Aircraft Orders


The 2019 Dubai Airshow closed with signatures on $54.5 billion in aircraft orders, according to a show announcement on Thursday. An estimated 1,288 exhibitors and 161 aircraft were on display at the event, which took place from Nov. 17 to Nov. 21 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). More than 84,000 visitors reportedly attended the show, an increase over 2017’s 79,380 attendees.

As per usual, Boeing and Airbus made up the majority of the Dubai Airshow’s sales numbers. Boeing announced orders, commitments and agreements for 95 commercial airplanes worth more than $17.4 billion. The company’s sales included an agreement with Emirates Airlines for 30 787-9 Dreamliners and, as previously reported by AVweb, several 737 MAX 8 fleet orders.

Although it has not yet released its final numbers for the event, Airbus landed a firm order from Emirates for 50 A350-900s valued at $16 billion. In addition to several smaller fleet sales, Airbus also signed a deal for 120 A320neo-family aircraft with Air Arabia. The price tag on that order is around $14 billion.

A final show sales highlight was almost $4 billion in military contract announcements from the UAE Ministry of Defense. UAE MOD contracts went to companies including Lockheed Martin and Halcon.

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Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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