Aircraft Orders Off the Charts at Dubai Airshow
Airbus and Boeing took center stage at the Dubai Airshow this week, with airlines announcing orders worth some $80 billion. However, business aviation had its time in the sun, too. Embraer took orders for 51 business jets (seven Lineage 1000s, seven Legacy 600s, nine Phenom 300s and 28 Phenom 100s). Cessna reported selling 12 Mustangs and five Sovereigns. Dassault Falcon sold four 7Xs and one 900EX. Hawker Beechcraft sold one Hawker 850XP, one Hawker 4000 and five King Air 350Cs. Sikorsky announced orders for 16 S-92s, 15 S-76Ds and nine Schweizer 434s. Grob announced firm orders for eight SPns, while Airbus announced one ACJ order and revealed the buyer of the first A380 Flying Palace (HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company). AgustaWestland sold 10 AW139s, and Piaggio sold one Avanti and reported serious interest for three more from a Kuwaiti company. Eclipse still expects to confirm an order announcement from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise for its training school. Aerion took one letter of intent for its SSBJ and expected to sign a few more. Bombardier sold a Learjet 45XR and Challenger 605 and also presented its new Learjet NXT at the show.