It’s no mirage, and no longer a dream. The long-delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner has finally made its Middle East debut here at the Dubai Air Show.
According to a recent report by Boeing, the Middle East will need more than 37,000 pilots to fly the aircraft due to be delivered there over the next 20 years. But the region faces a serious lack of adequate training facilities. “Pilot requirements for the Gulf region will grow at a faster rate than local pilots can be trained,” concluded Boeing in its latest pilot and technician forecast.
Fast-growing Dubai-based business aircraft management group Empire Aviation is about to conclude a major joint-venture agreement, which executive director Steve Hartley said will “double the size of the company.” It remains to be seen whether the deal will be sealed here at the Dubai Air Show this week.
Organizers expect the 2011 Dubai Air Show to trump the 2009 event in terms of visitors by 4 percent, at just over 55,000. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries have booked space for the November 13 to 17 show at Dubai Airport Expo, including first-time participants from Ethiopia, as well as companies from Australia and Japan after a break of several years.
Opposition to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) continued to gain airspeed and altitude last week with the addition of long-range Middle Eastern air carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar.
As the next biennial Dubai Air Show approaches, all eyes are on the Middle East, but not entirely for the usual reasons. Even after being dented by the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the region still holds huge potential for the air transport and aerospace industries.
Partly driven by a need to speed up the processing of overflight and landing permit applications for its clients, Hadid International recently expanded its presence in India with a new office in the capital, Delhi. Vice CEO Rasoul Taljo told AIN that business aircraft traffic has continued to grow steadily in India, despite bureaucracy and infrastructure hurdles.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has declined to confirm or deny reports that its leasing arm, DAE Capital, has cancelled all remaining airliner orders with Airbus. But the European airframer has acknowledged that the Middle East group is not currently a customer and its published orders tally does indeed confirm that orders for 34 A320s and 11 A350-900s are no longer on the books.
What does the future hold for Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in the wake of this month’s news that its leasing arm, DAE Capital, has cancelled all remaining airliner orders with Airbus?
Emirates Airline has announced it will open an engine overhaul shop slated to complement its test cell in Dubai. The $120 million facility will be located on approximately 22.3 acres of land. Emirates plans to break ground by next year’s first quarter, with the facility expected to begin service by the fourth quarter of 2014.