UAE carriers Emirates and Flydubai announced significant orders on the first day of Dubai Air Show Monday, which saw a bounce in widebody sales as the industry continues to rebound from the pandemic.
Middle Eastern and North African carriers were out in full force on the opening day of the five-day air show at Al Maktoum Airport at Dubai World Central.
Emirates ordered 90 Boeing 777X widebody aircraft as well as 35 twin-aisle Boeing 787s. The order also included 55 777-9Xs that arrive in 2025 and 35 777-8Xs in 2030 as well as 15 787-10s and 20 787-8s.
Following Monday’s announcement, the UAE flag carrier now has a total orderbook of 295 aircraft. Emirates also confirmed an order for 202 GE9X engines to power the 777Xs ordered.