Dubai Air Show » November 13, 2011
The so-called Arab Spring political upheaval across North Africa and parts of the Middle East has also been a significant disruptor of airline business in the region. The most seriously impacted were Libyan carriers Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines, which had aircraft destroyed or damaged by NATO air strikes against the former government of the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi.
Despite CEO Frederico Curado’s recent expression of reticence over the possibility of re-engining of Embraer’s E-Jet line of airliners, the Brazilian company apparently has decided to spend $2 billion on a project to do just that by 2018.
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.
The announcement of the new joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney was hardly a statement of marriage, but the vows made by the two aero-engine giants on October 12 nevertheless marked the securing of their long-term future in the huge market for mid-sized aero-engines up to 2030.
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.
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.
For ATR, 2011 is already a record year for sales of its regional airliners, but the European manufacturer could have more business to announce soon.
With much of the world’s air freight business still struggling to earn decent yields, United Arab Emirates-based Maximus Air Cargo is stepping up efforts to tilt its business plan increasingly in favor of wet leases covering aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance (ACMI).
Throughout Operation Unified Protector, NATO spokespersons insisted that the alliance had remained faithful to the UN resolution 1973 by not deploying any troops inside Libya.