Dubai Airshow Order Roundup

With the end of the Dubai Airshow today, there has been a number of aircraft orders.

This will only be a brief post, as I’ve not been feeling too great this week. The downside of this website being a one man band…

Although I guess you don’t need thousands of words to find out who’s ordered what.

In no particular order, the major orders:

Emirates (UAE)

Airbus A350-900: 50, Firm

Boeing 787-9: 30, Firm

Emirates A350

EasyJet (UK)

Airbus A320neo: 12, Firm

EasyJet A320neo

Air Arabia (UAE)

Airbus A320neo: 73, Firm

A321neo: 27, Firm

A321XLR: 20, Firm

Air Arabia, A321neo

Air Senegal (Senegal)

Airbus A220-300: 8, Letter of Intent

Air Senegal A220

FlyNas (Saudi Arabia)

Airbus A321XLR: 10, Firm

FlyNas A321


Airbus A330neo: 12, Firm

Airbus A321XLR: 20, Firm

Air Astana – To Be Operated by LCC Subsidiary FlyArystan (Kazakhstan)

Boeing 737MAX8: 30, Letter of Intent

SunExpress (Turkey)

Boeing 737MAX8: 10, Firm

Ghana Govenrnment (Ghana)

Boeing 787-9: 3, Letter of Intent

Dash8 Q400: 6, Letter of Intent

Ghana 787

Biman Bangladesh (Bangladesh)

Boeing 787-9: 2, Firm, Previously unidentified order

My Thoughts

The most interesting orders from the Dubai Airshow for me were the Emirates orders. Didn’t they already have the A350 on order not so long ago?! Although the 787-9 order should put to rest any rumours that the airlines previous order for the 787-10 won’t go ahead. Emirates has now selected the -9 over the larger -10. It should also be noted that the 787-9 order comes at the cost of 30 of the larger 777X the airline had on order. So it has essentially not taken up the option it had for the 787-10 and converted a number of its previous 777X and the remaining 777-300ER orders into the smaller 787. I wonder how many more times this will change over the coming years?

The addition of a further twelve A320neo aircraft at EasyJet comes as no surprise. Earlier this week, they announced that they would be carbon offsetting every flight, so the more environmentally friendly A320 will aid that. Although it must be said that a number of their current A320 fleet has quite a few miles on the clock now, so renewal was inevitable.

The Air Senegal A220 order is an interesting one. The previously unloved Cseries is getting a new lease of life under the airbus umbrella.

GECAS ordering from Airbus will prove interesting as to where the aircraft will be placed. One would assume that the leasing company will have a fair idea as to who will operate them before ordering them. Part of Virgin Atlantic’s expansion strategy maybe? The British carrier ordered 14 of the type to replace their 10 existing A330’s at the Paris Air Show earlier in the year.

The 787 order from the Ghanaian government is for the country to relaunch their national airline. The previous airline collapsed in 2004. Initially it is thought that the airline will fly African regional routes before expanding further afield. A prime candidate for London Gatwick maybe….

Finally, the Biman Bangladesh order comes on the back of the carrier recently announcing it will restart services to Manchester from 2020.

There were also a couple more orders placed at the Dubai Airshow, however these were for just a couple of aircraft from minor airlines. As such, they aren’t of much interest.

In all, there were 298 aircraft ordered at the Dubai Airshow in 2019. This was down massively from the 874 aircraft ordered at the show in 2017.


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