Bombardier Aerospace is unveiling a new flight-deck demonstrator at its Dubai Air Show pavilion on Sunday. Located near its chalet, adjacent to the Airport Expo’s East Hall, the interactive dome pavilion also houses the Canadian aircraft manufacturer’s most recent CSeries cabin demonstrator.
Bombardier’s conspicuous presence in Dubai reflects the company’s strong connection to the Middle East, where no fewer than 180 CRJ regional jets and Q Series turboprops are either operating or appear on order books. The company projects a strong business jet presence in the Middle East as well, and its forecast for the future reflects an optimism evident in the show’s static display line. In fact, Bombardier brought four business jets to display in Dubai–a Learjet 60 XR and three different Challenger models, while a single Q400 turboprop represents the company’s commercial airplane business
Sustained growth in the business jet segment will translate into a demand for 1,175 deliveries to the region over the next 20 years, according to Bombardier, while commercial transport demand calls for delivery of 980 twenty- to 149-seat airliners in the Middle East and Africa over the same period.