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    The 2009 Dubai International Airshow
    Posted on Thursday, November 19 @ 18:51:45 EST by admin

    General Aviation News The Dubai airshow proved to be a great commercial success, attracting hordes of business in rivalry to the very well-known Paris and Farnborough shows.  Hailed as the most expensive airshow in the world, the airshow lived up to its claim offering a platform for the signing of multibillion-dollar deals.

    With the majority of the emphasis being on commercial deals, the show's displays and layout was centered around companies demonstrating their products as well as creating a welcoming area for those interested in them.  By the lost days of the show, a total of 13 billion US dollars of deals had been signed.

    These deals did not only include the purchase of aircraft and helicopters, but also contracts for general equipment and services to support air carriers, small operators and many other sectors of industry.  One of the highlights was a pledge by the startup carrier Senegal Airlines, which offered to buy six jet liners from Airbus.  What made this purchase and offer memorable was the commitment by the Emirates Group to help the new Senegal Airline in terms of providing commercial support and training.  The airline’s planned hub will be Dakar.

    Airbus itself left the show with a smile on the face, having secured no less than 5.3 billion US dollars in sales.  The Boeing Co. could not offer the usual rivalry generally offered to Airbus, having announced that two Algerian airlines had agreed to buy 11 single aisle 737 aircraft worth 847 million US dollars.
    The UAE Armed Forces themselves committed to a purchase of 756 million US dollars for trainer planes and airborne surveillance systems.

    Though not extensive, the show lineup offered exciting and interesting displays.  No doubt, the main highlights on the military side were the incredibly agile show by the F-22 Raptor and on the civilian side, the unbelievable demonstration by the Airbus A380 flagship.  Major aerobatic teams in the form of the Patrouille De France (French Air Force Aerobatic Team) and the Frecce Tricolori (Italian Air Force Aerobatic Team) painted the skies with beautifully tailored displays, while tracing their respective national colours across the sky through the use of coloured smoke.

    Fourth generation fighters were represented by the Rafale and the Eurofighter while the F15E, impressive as ever held its own. The helicopter section saw the Eurocopter Tiger doing an impressive back-flip to wow the crowds.

    Italian presence, apart from the Frecce Tricolori and the new Macchi trainer was boosted by an impressive display by the Alenia Spartan which proved that a medium transport can be agile when it was flown in a sustained knife edge and also performed a perfect aileron roll.

    The Dubai static display offered a wide variety of business jets, training jets and other general aviation products to suit all needs. This was a very successful and well organized commercial show which also saw Emirates departing over 20 aircraft within half an hour each day to allow for the show.
    The next show is in 2011.

    Images from the show are available in the gallery under "international airshows", however due to a camera failure, the image quality is not good since the photographer resorted to a small digital camera...our apologies.


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