Aviation News

November 18, 2013

UPDATED x2: 2013 Dubai Airshow Order Roundup

The 2013 Dubai Airshow has seen a blizzard of activity in terms of aircraft orders.  In addition to the launch of the 777X, there have been several orders from carriers not only from the Middle East but throughout Southwest Asia and Africa. So who has been ordering what?

Sunday, November 17:

  •  Etihad Airways started the party off right with an order for 56 Boeing widebody aircraft with options on an additional 26. The 56 firm orders are a combination of 25 of the 777x, 30 of the 787-10, and 1 777 Freighter. The 777X order is split between 17 of the -9X model and 8 of the -8X model. With this order, Etihad becomes the first airline to order the 777-8X. They also hold options for 12 additional 777X aircraft. The 30 787-10s ordered makes the airline the new largest customer for the Dreamliner, surpassing Japanese carrier ANA. This order also pushes Boeing past 1,000 orders for the 787 series. Like the 777X, there are a further 12 options as part of the deal. The order for the lone 777F also comes with options for 2 more, and they will join an existing fleet of three of that type. Airbus got in on the Etihad ordering action as well, booking 87 orders to be split across 3 types. The largest portion of the order was for 50 A350XWBs, to be split between 40 A350-900s and 10 A350-1000s. Also ordered were 10 A320 neos and 26 A321 neos and 1 A330-200 Freighter.
  • Qatar Airways placed a firm order for 50 of the 777-9X variant. They will join a fleet of 51 current-generation 777s of which 37 are already in the fleet. Also ordered were 5 Airbus A330-200 Freighters along with an additional 8 options. They join an existing fleet of 3 A330-200Fs and plans to convert up to 20 of their existing A330 passenger aircraft to to freighters. In addition, a $300 million (USD) order was placed with Rolls Royce for Trent 700 engines and long-term maintenance to power the Airbus order.
  • As it loves to do, Emirates stole the show with a massive order for both Boeing and Airbus aircraft. In the largest order by dollar value in history, Emirates smashed its own record by ordering 150 of of the 777X along with an additional 50 purchase rights. The firm order is to be split between 115 of the larger 777-9X and 35 of the 777-300ER sized 777-8X, and has a value of $76 billion USD. The airline also committed to 300 General Electric GE9X engines to power to newly ordered aircraft. With this order, Emirates further cemented its position as the largest operator of the 777, of which they operate better than 1 out of every 10 in service. Before closing the checkbook for the day, the carrier also ordered an additional 50 Airbus A380-800s in a deal worth $23 billion USD. As it is with the 777, Emirates is the largest operator of the Superjumbo, and this new order brings the total number that they have on order to 101, in addition to the 39 already in service. The airline plans to use some of its most recent order, of which half is due by the end of the first quarter of 2018, as replacements for some of its earliest A380s.
  • Meanwhile, low cost carrier flydubai signed an historic agreement with Boeing for more aircraft to join the all-737 fleet. The bulk of the order was for up to 100 737MAX-8 aircraft, split between firm orders and options. Those aircraft are scheduled to be delivered beginning in late 2017 and continuing through 2023. Additionally, they ordered 11 737-800s, adding to an existing order book of 17 and an operating fleet of 33. Those current generation 737s will be delivered in 2016 and 2017.
  • Alpha Star Aviation Services, a small Saudi Arabian Private operator ordered 1 ATR 72-600 along with an option for 1 more. It will join an ATR42-600 already operating for Alpha Star, the sole Middle Eastern operator of ATR aircraft.

Monday, November 18th

  • 800x600_1384729200_A350-900_Libyan_WingsThe newly launched Libyan Wings, based in Tripoli, signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for seven aircraft. 3 of those will be A350-900s while the other 4 will be A320 neos. They are the first aircraft ordered for the new airline.
  • Palma Holding Limited, a Dubai-based aircraft lessor, signed an agreement with Bombardier for 8 Q400 NextGen aircraft. they become the first Middle Eastern lessor to order the Q400. At least 4 of those turboprops are set to be leased by Ethiopian Airlines, who already operate 13 of the type. Ethiopian will also become an authorized service provider for the Q400 series.
  • Air Côte d’Ivoire also joined the Bombardier Q400 party, ordering 2 of the type along with two options. They will join a small Airbus and Embraer fleet.
  • Leasing firm GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced another deal with ATR for the ATR72-600. The order is comprised of 5 firm orders and an additional 5 options, and is to be delivered beginning in 2015.

Tuesday, November 19th

  • Iraqi Airways signed a letter of intent for up to 16 Bombardier CS300s. The letter of intent includes 5 orders and 11 options.  The carrier currently operates a very diverse fleet which includes 6 CRJ-900s with another 2 on order.
  • Abu Dhabi Aviation also placed an order with Bombardier for 2 more Q400 aircraft. The airline currently operates 1 Q400 along with 3 smaller Dash-8 series aircraft, in addition to over 50 helicopters.
  • Also joining in on the Bombardier love-fest was Nok Air from Thailand. Their Q400 order consisted of 2 firm orders, 2 options, and 4 purchase rights. They currently operate a fleet of Boeing 737s and ATR72s.
  • Air Algérie from Algeria has signed a memorandum of understanding for 3 Airbus A330-200s, to add to their existing fleet of 5.
  • TUI Travel and Boeing have signed a firm order for an additional 2 787-8 Dreamliners. TUI Travel currently has 4 787-8s in operation with subsidiary Thomson Airways, plus an additional 9 that were already on order prior to today’s announcement. This order was previously listed as being attributed to an unidentified customer in Boeing’s orderbooks.
  • Jordanian charter operator Arab Wings ordered one Lineage 1000 from Embraer Executive Jets. The Lineage 1000 is the corporate version of the Embraer E190. It joins a fleet of corporate jets that includes one each of the Embraer Legacy 600 and 650.

Wednesday, November 20

  • As the show begins to wind down, manufacturers are beginning to release their final order tallies. Airbus booked 142 firm orders worth $40.4 billion USD. In addition, they signed memorandums of understanding with airlines for an additional 18 aircraft worth $3.6 billion USD. That made the 2013 Dubai Airshow the best ever for the European manufacturer.

The 2013 Dubai Airshow continues through November 21st. Keep checking back daily as more orders are announced.

Ben Granucci, Contributing Editor, is an aviation enthusiast and planespotter based in New York City. Growing up in Connecticut, he has had his eyes toward the sky for as long as he can remember. He can be reached on Twitter at @BLGranucci or through his blog at Landing-Lights.com

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Ben Granucci
Ben Granucci, Senior Editor, is an aviation enthusiast and plane spotter based in New York City. Growing up in Connecticut, he has had his eyes toward the sky for as long as he can remember. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.



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