Dubai Air Show - 2011

Dubai Air Show
C Series signing

Bombardier registered a much-welcome letter of intent (LOI) for the C Series CS300 on Tuesday at the Dubai Air Show, when Turkish low-fare carrier Atlasjet signed for 15 of the new narrowbodies.

Belikorsky?

Is this the latest triple-rotor rotorcraft from “Belikorsky?” Perhaps it’s the ultimate in shipborne mission flexibility. Or maybe it’s just the way a Sikorsky MH-60R and a Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor are parked on the ramp at the Dubai Air Show.

Diamond D-Jet mockup

Medrar Financial Group of Dubai and Diamond Aircraft Holdings of Austria have signed an agreement for Medrar’s acquisition of a majority interest in Diamond, the companies announced today. The agreement includes Diamond’s piston airplanes as well as its under-development, single-turbine D-Jet.

French air force commander Jean-Paul Palomeros

Has the Eurofighter Typhoon really unseated Dassault’s Rafale as the UAE Air Force’s fighter-of-choice for a 60-plane order? After last week’s leak that the Typhoon team has received a surprise request for proposal (RFP) that would effectively re-open the contest, the French have maintained a certain insouciance after their top brass met the Emirati hierarchy here at the Dubai Air Show on Sunday.

Avic MA600

China-based manufacturer Avic has brought its MA600 twin turboprop to Dubai Air Show and the aircraft is performing daily in the flying display, making its international airshow debut.

Two aircraft are now operating in China for training purposes and delivery of the third–the one that is performing here at the show will be to Lao Airlines. That delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012.

Dubai Air Show air-to-ground photo

As flight crew members and frequent air travelers know better than most, seeing anything from above puts it in better perspective. AIN photographer David McIntosh got the opportunity to see and shoot the Dubai Air Show static display from a helicopter on Monday morning before most visitors arrived. Here’s what he saw.

PAK K-8

Some 40 military aircraft are on display at the 2011 edition of the Dubai Air Show, a clear indication of the marketing potentiol for defense products in the Middle East region. Here are a few of them showing their stuff or basking in the the desert sun.

Al Fursan, the UAE's Flying Display Team

For the first time at any Dubai Air Show, the daily flying display is being opened by the United Arab Emirates’ own aeobatic team, Al Fursan (The Knights). The team flies seven black-and-gold Alenia Aermacchi MB339 NATs, a single-engine jet trainer and light-attack aircraft. The UAE celebrates its 40th anniversary on December 2.

Royal Jet Boeing BBJ

Among the 120 aircraft on static display at the 2011 Dubai Air Show, are a selection of business jets, ranging from the small, twin-turbine Eclipse 500 to the Boeing Business Jet.

F-15 flying display at Dubai 2011

Some 120 aircraft will be on static display and/or take part in the daily flying displays at the 2011 Dubai Air Show. Among these aircraft are the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is making its debut in the Middle East, a Dassault Rafale fighter, a Boeing F-18 Super Hornet and a Eurofighter Typhoon.

Dubai Air Show tower

The 2011 Dubai Air Show boasts more than 120 aircraft on its static display line in front of the chalets. Among them are the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is making its debut in the Middle East, a Dassault Rafale fighter, a Boeing F-18 Super Hornet and a Eurofighter Typhoon, the latter three all in the flying display with many other aircraft.

Larry Flynn

Gulfstream Aerospace is on final approach for certification of its wide-cabin G650. At the 2011 Dubai Air Show, AIN contributing editor James Wynbrandt caught up with Gulfstream president Larry Flynn to get the latest update on the ultra-long-range jet program, as well as the aircraft’s manufacturer’s view of the business jet market in the Middle East.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is viewed by many as mainly a U.S.-centric organization, but in reality it is global. In fact, GAMA held its first board meeting outside of the U.S. last Friday in Bordeaux, France. It also has a permanent representative in Brussels and is considering adding another in Beijing, GAMA immediate past chairman–and current Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO–John Rosanvallon told AIN at the Dubai Air Show.

World Food Program booth

Fighting hunger isn’t synonymous with the word “airshow,” but the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) is aiming to change that. At an exhibit booth at the 2011 Dubai Air Show, the WFP is promoting its humanitarian aid programs, as well as how aircraft helps it achieve these missions.

Ali Al Naqbi

Days before the 2011 Dubai Air Show opens, the Middle East Business Aviation Association held a high-level roundtable in Dubai to talk about business aviation operational challenges in the Middle East. At the event, AIN caught up with MEBAA founding chairman Ali Al Naqbi, who highlighted the need for more business aviation infrastructure in the region.

More Stories from Dubai 2011

November 15, 2011, 2:25 PM

Low-cost carrier flydubai announced $74 million in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contracts Tuesday at the Dubai Airshow.

November 15, 2011, 4:13 AM

Bombardier registered a much-welcome letter of intent (LOI) for the C Series CS300 on Tuesday at the Dubai Air Show, when Turkish low-fare carrier Atlasjet signed for 15 of the new narrowbodies.

November 15, 2011, 1:51 AM

Is this the latest triple-rotor rotorcraft from “Belikorsky?” Perhaps it’s the ultimate in shipborne mission flexibility. Or maybe it’s just the way a Sikorsky MH-60R and a Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor are parked on the ramp at the Dubai Air Show.

November 15, 2011, 12:32 AM

UAE’s Air Force and Air Defense (AFAD) has a long-standing interest in acquiring an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) capability.

November 14, 2011, 12:45 PM

As flight crew members and frequent air travelers know better than most, seeing anything from above puts it in better perspective. AIN photographer David McIntosh got the opportunity to see and shoot the Dubai Air Show static display from a helicopter on Monday morning before most visitors arrived. Here’s what he saw.

November 14, 2011, 12:11 PM

Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon, left, today at the Dubai Air Show congratulated AIN co-founder and current managing director Wilson Leach on the publishing company starting its 40th year in business.

November 14, 2011, 11:49 AM

So what makes L-3 mission integration the best choice for implementing an ISR conversion of the King Air twin-turboprop?

November 14, 2011, 11:46 AM

VistaJet is committing three new long-range aircraft to the Middle East market, with an order for a pair of Bombardier Challenger 850 business jets and a Global 5000.

November 14, 2011, 11:35 AM

GE Aviation will help oversee the design and construction of a new $120 million engine overhaul shop that Emirates Airline plans to build in Dubai.

November 14, 2011, 11:31 AM

Pakistani private charter firm Princely Jets yesterday ordered a Eurocopter EC130 B4 helicopter. The deal, which also includes support and spares, was signed at the Dubai Air Show and calls for delivery in June 2012.

November 14, 2011, 11:25 AM

FedEx Express, a FedEx Corp. subsidiary, announced the launch of a 48,000-sq-ft facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA). The new FedEx facility will give customers in the free zone greater connectivity to FedEx’s global network.

November 14, 2011, 11:21 AM

Medrar Financial Group of Dubai and Diamond Aircraft Holdings of Austria have signed an agreement for Medrar’s acquisition of a majority interest in Diamond, the companies announced today. The agreement includes Diamond’s piston airplanes as well as its under-development, single-turbine D-Jet.

November 14, 2011, 11:13 AM

Has the Eurofighter Typhoon really unseated Dassault’s Rafale as the UAE Air Force’s fighter-of-choice for a 60-plane order?

November 14, 2011, 11:10 AM

OnAir is working on a supplementary type certificate for the Dassault Falcon 7X, which will be the first purpose-built business jet to receive the on-board cell phone service specialist’s system.

November 14, 2011, 11:05 AM

Comlux Aviation placed the first-ever order for an Airbus ACJ321 at the Dubai Air Show on Monday, expanding the Airbus Corporate Jet family.

 
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