Emirates jet swap opens door to Boeing 787 deal in Dubai

Daniel Fowler
November 20, 2019

Aurora, a subsidiary of Aeroflot-Rossiyskiye Avialinii PAO, signed a letter of intent to purchase up to five Dash 8-400 aircraft, while the Republic of Ghana agreed to buy six aircraft during the Dubai Airshow, which runs between November 17-21.

Boeing's 737 Max jet got another boost at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday, this time with an order from Kazakhstan's newly-launched budget carrier as the Chicago-based company works to try and win USA regulatory approval to get the airplane back in the sky by early next year.

Air Astana executives said details of the deal, including the final price, will be finalized in the coming months as the low-priced carrier scales its services from its current fleet of two A320 aircraft. The arrival of the B777X has been delayed, but is now expected in early 2021.

In a big way, the Emirates deal with Boeing is very important as it shows that one of the world's biggest carriers still believes in the Seattle plane maker's product.

But industry sources had warned that Boeing had risked leaving Dubai without resolving the critical set of interlocking deals with Emirates, the industry's largest customer for wide-body jets and the backbone for the 777X program.

As we all know the public's opinion of Boeing is probably at an all-time low following two deadly crashed and the grounding of the company's best-selling 737 MAX back in March.

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Saudi budget carrier flynas announced a firm order for 10 Airbus A321XLR, a deal estimated at $1.4 billion at list price.

Boeing announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Ghana for three 787-9 Dreamliners.

In other business coinciding with the largest Middle East airshow on Tuesday, the Saudi budget airline Flynas agreed to buy long-range A321XLR jets; Airbus unveiled a provisional order for eight of its small A220 jets from Air Senegal; and Britain's easyJet exercised options for 12 more Airbus A320neo aircraft.

The list price of the A320neo in 2018 was $110.6 million, making the order for 12 worth about $1.3 billion. However, in both cases, the airline is likely to have received significant discounts.

The Dubai-based airline now operates a fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A380.

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut today at Boeing South Carolina. Ghana now has domestic flight routes on Africa World Airlines. Future routes would include destinations in Europe, North America and Asia and the long-term plan is to open the airline to private investment and operation.

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