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The Dubai Air Show: Refueled for action

The Dubai Air Show comes back for another season of dazzling air displays where the latest aircraft designs,  innovative technologies and solutions in aviation are on active display.

The Dubai Air Show 2017 opened its doors at DWC Sunday with predictions of 72,500 trade visitors expected across its five-day run and over 1,200 exhibitors representing the entire spectrum of the aerospace industry

Here’s your exclusive glimpse into some of what has already transpired at this year’s show.

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New aircrafts

This year the Calidus Bader 250 will be of particular interest – making its introduction at the Dubai Airshow 2017, the aircraft is manufactured in the UAE, according to a statement issued by the Air Show.

Also appearing for the first time will be the Sukhoi SU35 while other aircraft flying include the Airbus A350 and a Beriev BE200 ES demonstrating its firefighting ability, it said.

“The flying display will also feature helicopters, including the TAI T129 attack helicopter performing for the first time at the Dubai Airshow, plus Motor Sich Mil 2 and Mil 8 models. A large number of military aircraft will also be demonstrating their prowess, with a US Airforce F16, UAE Mirage 2000, French Airforce Dassault Rafale and a Taqnia AN132,” the statement added.

“The flying display at the Dubai Airshow is always a popular feature with exhibitors and visitors alike,” say Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of show organisers Tarsus F&E LLC FZE Middle East. “2017 will of course be no exception.”

With the wide range of aircrafts revealed, Emirates Airlines and Flydubai opened this year’s round of deals.

Emirates,flydubai, going Boeing

Emirates airline signed a $15.1 billion with Boeing to purchase 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

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Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates airline and Group, said: “Emirates’ orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030s. Some of these will be replacements so that we maintain a young and efficient fleet, and others will power our future network growth.”

He added: “We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network.”

Al Maktoum said that Emirates’ strategy is to invest in the most advanced and efficient aircraft.

The 787-10 Dreamliner is the newest and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family.

Boeing says it offers 10 percent better fuel and emissions than competitive aircraft in the sector, and some 25 per cent better fuel efficiency per seat and emissions than the aircraft it is replacing.

Meanwhile, flydubai unveiled its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8, the first of 76 ordered from Boeing, all of which will be delivered by 2023.

Six of these will join the flydubai fleet by the end of 2017, according to the statement.

flydubai Chairman Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “ is another milestone in Dubai’s aviation success story. The efficiency and enhanced performance this aircraft promises is going to play an important role in the new chapter of flydubai’s growth strategy.”

The statement said that the new Boeing 737 MAX 8s will initially be deployed on the furthest points on flydubai’s network, including Bangkok, Prague, Yekaterinburg and Zanzibar.

The case for space

The statement issued by the Air Show states that this year will witness new feature pavilions and conferences:  the Space Conference and Pavilion with speakers including Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret; Cargo Zone, the UAS Summit and Airport Solutions which has been re-launched by Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East for 2017 as part of the Airport Solutions Global Series.

Other popular features will return this year including Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE), now in its fourth edition, having expanded to include panel discussions on maintenance and crew training in addition to pilot training, according to the statement.

Futures Day, aimed at inspiring the next generation of aerospace professionals, will also return on day five of the show in conjunction with leading UAE universities.