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FLIGHT TEST: Diamond's DA62 glitters

Diamond Aircraft is set to make its debut at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas, where it will be promoting its all-new DA62 diesel piston twin as a platform for corporate and charter operations. First deliveries, to European customers, will be followed soon by the fi...

Emirates signs $16bn engine services deal with GE Aviation

Emirates has signed a $16 billion OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the GE9X engines that will power the airline's fleet of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft over a period of 12 years. This is Emirates’ largest engine MRO contract t...


Etihad and Mubadala sign $1bn technical services MoU

Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, and Etihad Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Dubai Airshow worth potentially $1 billion over a 10-year period. The agreement was signed by Homaid Al Shemmari, chief executive, Aerospace and Engineering Services, Mubadala, and James Hogan, president and chief executive of Etihad Airways, and cover...

Irkut upbeat on Su-30SM prospects

Moscow-based aircraft manufacturer Irkut is showcasing the multirole Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter at the Dubai air show, among a host of military products on display from the Russian industry delegation. The forecast for Su-30SM orders exceeds more than 100 aircraft, but Russian officials are already planning a major upgrade programme for the twin-engined fighter. Rostec chief executive Sergey Che...

Lockheed excited about UAE involvement

Lockheed Martin chief executive Marillyn Hewson had a big day at the Dubai show, officially opening the company’s new permanent chalet and visiting the stand of the company’s newly acquired Sikorsky helicopter unit. “We’re very excited about this new state-of-the-art facility that is a demonstration of our longstanding partnership with UAE, and really view this...

Boeing, Tata JV to perform AH-64 work

Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems have announced a joint venture to produce aerostructures for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in India. The joint venture will also compete for additional work on other Boeing plaftorms, says Boeing. “This partnership will capitalise on India’s industrial capability, innovation and talent to contribute to Boeing’s long-term competitiveness...

Al Mansouri calls to keep open skies ahead of EU policy talks

The Minister of Economy last night called for the preservation of open skies as aviation industry leaders gathered for the opening day of the Dubai Airshow. “For forty years, barriers and restrictions for airlines have come down. This is not the time to turn back,” said Sultan Al Mansouri. “The UAE is ready to join with the US and EU to help lead a new effort towards even grea...

Qatar Airways to renew Barcelona sponsorship ‘only if price is right’

Qatar Airways will consider renewing a shirt sponsorship deal with Barcelona only if the price is right. The Catalan club are pursuing a record sponsorship contract but the Doha-based airline has not yet agreed a deal. The outspoken boss of the airline Akbar Al Baker on Sunday suggested he was willing to play hard ball with the European champions. “We are in the middle of negotiatio...

AIA chief touts US pavilion while calling for DOD new starts

Aerospace Industries Association chief operating officer Bob Durbin is thrilled with the turnout of American aerospace firms at this year’s Dubai show, with the number of exhibitors in the US pavilion almost doubling to 140 compared with the previous edition. He says the turnout of smaller companies is particularly pleasing, as tier two and three suppliers are critical to the defence and...

AgustaWestland restates commitment to AW609 tiltrotor

With AgustaWestland presenting its full family of medium-class helicopters at Dubai, the one notable, although not unexpected, absence from its static display is the AW609 civil tiltrotor. Two of the company’s test pilots were killed in a crash in Italy of the second AW609 flight-test prototype (N609AG) on 29 October, with the incident now being probed by the country’s ANSV air acci...

India's Jet emerges as customer for up to 75 Max 8s

India's Jet Airways has been identified as the customer behind a previously unattributed order for Boeing 737 Max 8s. Boeing says the deal with Jet, announced at the Dubai air show, comprises conversions of 25 Next-Generation 737s to the re-engined variant plus options and purchase rights spanning an additional 50 Max 8s. Jet will be the first Indian airline to take delivery of...

UK Minister leads trade delegation to Dubai

Philip Dunne, UK Minister of State for Defence Procurement, led a delegation to the Dubai Airshow yesterday, helping represent and support around 100 UK exhibitors. Speaking to journalists at the UK Trade and Investment stand he said that such visits were important for building international relations and strengthening partnerships. “This is my second Dubai Airshow and the growth in th...

Empire spreads to Hong Kong

Empire Aviation Group (EAG) has launched new aircraft management operations in Hong Kong with offices and staff in place, the company said at the Dubai Airshow yesterday. EAG has set up a new joint venture company with a local partner company and is already managing a Gulfstream G650 business jet on behalf of a local owner based in Hong Kong. The new operation will serve the domestic Hong Ko...

Embraer forecasts a $10bn jet stream

The Middle East region will require some 220 new regional jets over the next 20 years, according to the latest market forecast from Embraer. In the forecast, released at the Dubai Airshow yesterday, the Brazilian manufacturer said that the 70-130-seat market in the region would be valued at $10 billion over that period. With Embraer forecasting that the global marketplace for the 70-130-pass...

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5th Aerodrome Safeguarding Summit 2020

07/07/2020 - 10/07/2020
Singapore, Singapore

Farnborough International Airshow 2020

20/07/2020 - 26/07/2020
United Kingdom, Farnborough

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