DUBAI — The first trade day of the 2023 edition of the Dubai Airshow has come to an end, and what a day! Split across seven different announcements, Day 1 of DAS2023 collected over 300 orders from commercial airlines just from Europe and the Middle East.
Rephrased: At the Paris Air Show 2023, Airbus emerged as the most profitable manufacturer in terms of orders, thanks to the record-breaking 500-aircraft order from Indigo (6E). However, the tide has now turned, as Boeing has secured orders for an impressive 271 aircraft units from six different carriers and lessors.
To provide a recap of Day 1, let’s examine the significant order announcements covered by the Airways crew, both at the show and beyond.
SunExpress PlacesIts Largest Single-Aircraft Order
The prominent Turkish leisure carrier based in Antalya, SunExpress (XQ), made the largest single-aircraft order of the Dubai Airshow thus far. The airline has committed to acquiring up to 90 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft directly from the manufacturer.
This order consists of 45 firm units and an additional 45 options, covering two different variants of the series. Initially, the company expects to add 28 Boeing 737-8 and 17 737-10 aircraft to its fleet in the coming years.
Currently, SunExpress operates 60 Boeing 737 family airplanes, 40 of which are from the new-generation family. Over the next decade, this number will exceed 150 aircraft, enabling the airline to expand its operations within and beyond its existing European networks.
Emirates Consolidates its Host Position
As we discovered in our pre-event coverage, Emirates (EK) is playing a crucial role as the host of the…
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