By Rafiq Vayani
DUBAI: Emirates has successfully wrapped up the 2019 edition of the Dubai Airshow with over 33,000 people visiting and experiencing Emirates’ commercial and training aircraft displays, exhibition stand and chalet this year.
For the 2019 edition of the Dubai Airshow, Emirates showcased its latest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER with the ’mobility’ (blue) and ‘opportunity’ (orange) themes of the Expo. The Cirrus SR 22 and Embraer Phenom 100 jets utilized for training flights by the Emirates Flight Training Academy were also on display to visitors.
Emirates was also honoured to welcome His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to its Emirates A380 static display.
Emirates received over 10,000 people at its modern exhibition stand, which featured the game-changer Boeing 777-300ER First Class suite exhibit.
During the Dubai Airshow, Emirates announced firm aircraft commitments totalling US$ 24.8 billion, including an order for 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft worth US$ 16 billion and a full purchase agreement for 30 Boeing 787-9 aircraft, worth US$ 8.8 billion at list prices.
In addition, Emirates signed several agreements with suppliers and partners for MRO services, training programmes, and other supporting business and operational functions. Emirates signed an MOU with Sanad Aerotech to collaborate on MRO services as well as to enhance training and dedicated repair capabilities. The Emirates Group and GE Aviation signed an MOU to extend GE’s development and leadership training programmes to UAE National employees at the Emirates Group. The Emirates Flight Training Centre and CAE also announced the deployment of a new Bombardier Global 7500 full-flight simulator at the airline’s training centre in Dubai, to further expand pilot training capacity on offer.
Emirates treated airshow visitors with a stunning flying display to open up the first day of the event with a special fly past comprising of an Airbus A380 adorned with green livery representing the ‘sustainability’ theme of Expo 2020, followed by the UAE’s air-display team, Al Fursan.