The Dubai Air Show is over, with record orders being announced.
2 x B777F for Qatar
20 x A320neo for ACG
45 x A320neo/30 x A320 for Spirit (MoU)
50 x A320neo for Qatar with PW1100G-JM (+30 options)
5 x A380 for Qatar (+3 options)
ALAFCO announcing GTF for all A320neo
Emirates 50+20 777-300ERS
10 x CS300 for Atlasjet (LoI)
We took a bye on daily coverage because we weren’t there and the on-site reporters could do better than we could from afar. So we decided to do a post-show pontification.
Airbus and Boeing dominated the headline–no surprise there–but while Boeing had a blow-out order with 50+20 777-300ERs from Emirates Airlines, Airbus had another mind-xxxx from the mercurial Akbar “U-Turn” Al-Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways. Al-Baker is now the subject of a mocking Twitter account, @AkbarAlFaker, having a conversation with @MichaelOhReally.
This Bloomberg story gives a nice wrap.
Al-Baker’s performance at the Dubai Air Show outdid his shenanigans at the Paris Air Show. There, he canceled an Airbus press conference by being a no-show. The neos and A380s ultimately announced at Dubai were supposed to be announced at Paris. Although there he claimed he was stuck in traffic (entirely plausible but entirely disbelieved), he threw a snit directly at Airbus for changing the A350-1000 specifications without telling him (or so he claimed). This snit continued at Dubai.
Al-Baker canceled a press conference moments before he was to sign and announce the order for neos and the A380s, threw another public snit directed toward Airbus and then reversed course again within three hours and signed the deal. Thus, U-Turn Al set his own record by two about faces within three hours.
The rest of the Air Show for Airbus was pretty good, with 211 orders and commitments though few for wide bodies. The record-setting (for orders, that is) went to Boeing.
Emirates ordered 50+20 777-300ERs in a record by value that was by any standard a blow-out order. It is also a tremendous validation for the airplane. Coupled with the rescheduling of the A350-1000 and the delay on EIS for the -900, it looks like any need to proceed with an update will slide. Having said that, Emirates CEO Tim Clark is pressing Boeing to go forth with an improved version of the 777 with better economics and slightly more range.
Boeing announced there are now more than 700 commitments for the 737 MAX. Oman Airways took over a small 787 order from a lessor.
BBD announced an order for 10-5 CSeries from a new customer, AtlasAir of Turkey. A small order for the CRJ-900 was also announced at the show.
Not much news.
CFM added some orders to its LEAP A320neo book.
EA was expected to win the order for Qatar’s A380s but in all the Airbus chaos we’re not sure what happened.
Qatar was expected to announce it had selected the GEnx for its 787 order but in all the Airbus chaos we’re not sure what happened.
Pratt & Whitney
Qatar did announce it selected the PW GTF for its A320neo order, after an agonizing two years in which Al-Baker tortured PW publicly.
PW’s JV International Aero Engines also won some A320 Legacy orders. And, of course, PW powers the CSeries order referenced above.
Rolls announced a couple of minor deals on Airbus A330s.