Freighters absent from Dubai Airshow 2019

While EgyptAir Cargo’s newest A330-200P2F was on static display at this year’s Dubai Airshow, there were no freighter-related deals. (Photo: EFW)

The 2019 edition of the Dubai Airshow is behind us, but despite the appearance of Egyptair Cargo’s newest A330-200P2F (610) recently redelivered by EFW, there were no freighter orders to be seen, in stark contrast with the Paris Air Show this June, where we saw a large amount of activity with regard to freighters, particularly the 737-800BCF.

Here is a summary of the widebody orders that were signed in Dubai over the past few days.

  • Emirates ordered fifty A350-900s, as well as thirty 787-9s, converted from 777X orders.
  • GECAS ordered twelve A330neos.
  • The Republic of Ghana signed an MoU for three 787-9s.
  • Biman Bangladesh ordered two 787-9s.

Turning to narrowbodies, in a vote of confidence for the 737 MAX, Boeing also announced orders and commitments for 60 of the airframe type, including:

  • Air Astana signed an LOI for thirty 737 Max Aircraft for its new low-cost carrier, FlyArystan.
  • Sun Express, the joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, added ten units to its existing order for thirty-two MAX aircraft.
  • An unidentified customer also firm-ordered ten 737 MAX 7s and ten 737 Max 10s.

Airbus also fared well with orders and commitments for A220 and A320-family aircraft.

  • Air Arabia signed a firm order for 120 Airbus aircraft comprising 73 A320neos, 27 A321neos and 20 A321XLRs.
  • Saudia Arabia-based low-cost carrier flynas signed an order for 10 A321LXRs.
  • EasyJet exercised options for twelve A320neos.
  • GECAS firm-ordered twenty A321XLRs.
  • Air Senegal signed an MoU for eight A220s.
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