The 2011 Dubai Airshow closed Nov. 17 with record attendance of 56,548 people, organizers said. Customers also placed orders worth $63.3 billion at the air show, held in the United Arab Emirates. "We promised a Dubai Airshow that would be bigger and better than ever and we did not disappoint," said Alison Weller, managing director of air show organizer F&E Aerospace. "The past week has been notable for its buoyant crowds, spectacular aerial displays and astonishing order announcements." The next Dubai Airshow is slated for 2013. Read more here.
Boeing and Airbus proved to be winners at the Dubai Airshow held last week in United Arab Emirates. Boeing received $18.56 billion in new orders, while Airbus received $13.71 billion in firm orders. "We're really bullish on the Middle East because the Middle East is bullish on aviation," said Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy.
The Dubai Airshow got off to a roaring start when Emirates Airline placed an order for 50 aircraft from Boeing. The order for 50 wide-body 777-300s is valued at around $18 billion, which represents the single largest order for commercial aircraft in Boeing history.
Honeywell has signed a distribution agreement with Global Aerospace Logistics, a supplier based in Abu Dhabi. "As a trusted global aviation OEM, Honeywell is well known for providing high-quality commercial and military products and services," said Global CEO Hassan Yousuf.
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Saudi Arabian Airlines signed an agreement at the Dubai Airshow with Rolls-Royce for Trent 700 engines. The contract for the engines is valued at $500 million. "The Trent 700 is a market leader, and in the Middle East it is the engine of choice for eight out of the 11 operators of the Airbus A330, powering three-quarters of the aircraft in service," Rolls-Royce executive Phil Harris said.
EADS announced at the Dubai Airshow that it was preparing an offer of 60 Eurofighters to United Arab Emirates. EADS, the parent company of Airbus, was launched in 2000 after a merger of Spanish, French and German aerospace companies.
EADS welcomed an investment by Germany, as the country purchased a 7.5% stake in the European aerospace group. "The decision clarifies the evolution of the controlling shareholding in Germany and ends some uncertainty," said CEO Louis Gallois at the Dubai Airshow.
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