As AIN prepared for the start of the Dubai Airshow, a rare opportunity to interview a Middle Eastern airline executive presented itself. But the offer didn’t come from one of the dynamic Arab carriers in the region. Rather, it came from the one airline certain not to announce any business at the show–Israel’s El Al.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » November 30, 2009
Air France officially joined the A380 operators club on November 20, when it took its first newly delivered Airbus superjumbo on a ceremonial inaugural flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to New York JFK.
Although Airbus CEO Thomas Enders “certainly didn’t come [to the Dubai Airshow] with expectations of a miracle,” the German executive sounded a rather upbeat tone during the company’s main press conference in which he and Airbus COO for customers John Leahy issued an overview of the company’s performance this year and prospects for 2010.
The alacrity with which Boeing assumed control of the former Vought plant in South Carolina this past summer, secured the necessary construction approvals for an adjacent factory and reached a decision on the ultimate location of a second 787 Dreamliner assembly line had already led to skepticism about the company’s commitment to negotiating with its workers based around Washington state’s Puget Sound.
News from the international airshow circuit can be revealing and deceiving in equal measure. Two years ago, the 2007 Dubai Airshow generated a record-breaking $155 billion in orders. This year’s Dubai Airshow, held November 15 to 19, saw just $14 billion in new business announced.
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