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Dubai Airshow balance sheet: Poor showing for Airbus A320 Neo, Embraer and ATR

Dubai Airshow balance sheet: Poor showing for Airbus A320 Neo, Embraer and ATR

Boeing relies on Airbus for orders, long-haul aircraft dominate orders, and the A320 Neo family is left empty-handed, as is Embraer. Dubai Airshow Results.

The first finding is pretty clear: Boeing has clearly given up on Airbus when it comes to orders for the 2023 Dubai Airshow. The American plane manufacturer counted 214 planes on order, while the European manufacturer only had 66 planes.

Of Boeing’s orders, 72 were for the Boeing 737 MAX thanks to Sun Express (45), Ethiopian Airlines (20) and SCAT Airlines (7). The Boeing 787 received orders for a total of 52 copies for Ethiopian Airlines (11), Royal Air Maroc (2), Emirates Airlines (5), Flydubai (30), and Royal Jordanian (4). Emirates has also ordered 90 Boeing 777X aircraft. One of the orders that was expected but did not arrive was an order from Riyadh Airlines to purchase a Boeing 737 MAX.

Not a single order has been placed for the A320 Neo

Airbus has received orders for 36 Airbus A350-900 aircraft from Emirates (15), Ethiopian Airlines (11), and EgyptAir (10). There were also 30 A220 aircraft, which AirBaltic converted from options to firm orders. Meanwhile, Airbus has so far been unable to convince Emirates to buy the A350-1000. In addition, the huge order expected from Turkish Airlines in Dubai failed to materialize.

This leads across manufacturers to orders for 178 long-haul aircraft (Boeing 787, Boeing 777X and Airbus A350) compared to orders for 102 short- and medium-range aircraft (Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A220). This is not surprising at the local Emirates showroom, which operates a purely long-haul fleet. But it is unusual for a major trade show to end without a single order for aircraft from the Airbus A320neo family.

Things were going better for ATR

This shouldn’t hurt Airbus too much. On the one hand, because the order books for the A320 Neo and A321 Neo are full to bursting and production will remain at full capacity for years. On the other hand, sales manager Christian Scherer at Farnborough Airshow 2022 explained that for him it “almost does not matter” whether the order arrives in time to hold an airshow. “We do business, not show business,” Shearer said in an interview with aeroTELEGRAP.

ATR is likely to be more disappointed at the 2023 Dubai Airshow. The Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer has only placed an order with leasing company Abelo for ten ATR 72-600 aircraft. For comparison: At the previous Dubai Airshow in 2021, there were orders from four customers for a total of 15 aircraft. ATR did not receive an order at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, but the need for turboprops was certainly there: De Havilland Canada has collected orders and letters of intent for a total of 34 versions of the Dash 8-400, for which no orders are currently placed as long as possible.

Embraer comes empty-handed

Embraer has successfully promoted the E2 family for the 2023 Dubai Airshow, but is leaving the emirate without any new orders. In 2021, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer received an order for three aircraft at the trade show, and in 2019 it received two orders for a total of six aircraft.