Your essential 2023 Dubai Airshow debrief

Dubai Airshow 2023 produced some interesting aircraft orders – maybe not for the numbers, but for the stories behind them. Richard Schuurman reports from the UAE

Aircraft manufacturers at the 2023 Dubai Airshow netted firm orders for 260 aircraft, of which Boeing landed 205 while its European rival Airbus secured just 55. In addition, there were options for 51 airframes, memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for 21, 60 purchase rights and orders for 13 aircraft that were previously announced or in the undisclosed backlog.

At first sight, these results make Boeing the clear winner, as with the 2022 Farnborough Airshow, where the American giant kept announcing deals and Airbus stayed very quiet. However, it’s important to remember that these are only the deals announced during the show between November 13 to 17. Just before that, on November 10, Turkish Airlines and Airbus inked a deal for 345 aircraft, including 250 A321neos and 95 A350s. Turkish preferred not to come to Dubai to confirm it with a signing ceremony.

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