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Dubai Air Show 2019: Round Up

  • by: Adrian Mansfield
  • On: 27, Nov 2019
3 min read

VHR’s recruitment specialists reveal the latest aircraft designs, technologies, innovations and announcements at one of the most globally renowned air shows of the 21st century.

The World’s Most Famous Aerospace Event

The 2019 edition of one of the world’s largest Aerospace, Aviation and Defence events welcomed:

  • 1,288 exhibitors
  • 161 aircraft on static display
  • 84,000 visitors
  • Conference and seminars on current and future sector trends
  • Latest technology in Aerospace, Aviation and Defence
  • World-class flying displays – Al Fursan, the aerobatics demonstration team of the United Arab Emirates Air Force, performed during the fifth day, and France’s aerobatics team Patrouille de France joined Al Fursan in another united display
  • Networking opportunities
  • Seminars – Popular topics such as the advancement of women in space and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI).

Deals Made: New Business & Relationships

This year’s event saw $54.5billion worth of deals including:

  • Emirates and Air Arabia – Both carriers invested in their future fleets: Emirates committed to orders of $24.8 billion, and Air Arabia put in an order for $14 billion. The sales of the two airlines totalled accounted for a mammoth 71% of all sales made in Dubai.
  • Airbus and Boeing – Emirates signed a $16 billion contract with Airbus for 50 of their A350-900 aircraft and confirmed a $8.8-billion-deal with Boeing for 39 of their 787-9 Dreamliners.

Air Arabia – The Sharjah-based carrier signed a multi-billion-dollar deal with Airbus for 120 aircraft.

Trends & Topics for Discussion

  • Green Airplanes – Environmental sustainability was a hot topic this year. The Aviation industry currently accounts for 2% of the world’s emissions, with one flight producing more CO2 than the average person produces in one year, and the sector is set to be one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions in the next two decades. Many carriers are committing to offsetting greenhouse gases and discussing eco-investments such to limit noise pollution and increase fuel efficiencies, the 2019 Dubai Air Show saw the launch of the first fully electric plane. Battery-powered and propeller-powered engineering are set to take centre stage in the next decade.
  • Middle East Aerospace Expansion – Boeing’s recent Market Report predicts that the Middle East Aerospace market will be worth $1.5trillion in the next two decades. Air Arabia announced a joint venture with Etihad Airways: the fifth UAE-based airline, set for launch in 2020.
  • Market Expansion Internationally – More than 500 million travellers pass through China’s 220 commercial airports every year, and international traffic from the country has doubled in the past decade. China aims to supply 10% of the domestic commercial aircraft market by 2025, and Airbus’ Global Market Forecast predicts that China will require some 7,560 new aircraft over the next 20 years. A new partnership between South Korea and Turkey aims to drive passenger growth to 1million by 2023 and cement a European-Asian travel network.

Aviation Technology & Innovation

  • Drones – New coaxial multirole drone, the Aura 100 made its entrance. The VTOL drone was designed to perform cargo and supply delivery, crop spraying, geophysics, inspection and firefighting. The UAV has a payload capacity of 100kg and can fly up to six hours at a time.
  • Revolutionary Screen Tech – Highlighting the latest in Avionics technology, the company formerly known as Rockwell Collins revealed the MFD-420: a large 8in x20in single widescreen display with resistive touch technology for use by commercial pilots, co-pilots and in a jet fighter cockpit.
  • Safer Seats for Diverse Pilots – The supplier also introduced its ACES 5 ejection seat. The seat meets safety requirements for a maximum of 5% risk of injury for a wide range of body types and weights. The new technology has already been purchased for use in F-16s, AF-15s, A-10s, B-1s and B-2s.
  • Passenger Experience – Etihad Engineering, SCHOTT, jetlite and Lufthansa Technik announced their partnership with the aim of making jet lag a thing of the past. The planned ‘Human-Centric Lighting’ development is designed to ease passenger exhaustion during long-haul flights by utilising LED cabin illumination technology and control systems and intelligent automation software.

VHR were delighted to meet with industry leaders at this year’s Dubai Air Show, and look forward to exhibiting again in 2021.


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