AVIONICS INTELLIGENCE REPORT, 6 Dec. 2011.Aerospace industry leaders celebrate success, innovation, optimism, and a wealth of orders resulting from an exciting and busy Dubai Airshow. Aircraft orders, maintenance service contracts, and flight training technology adoption took center stage at the event, reveals Executive Editor Courtney E. Howard in his video log, or vlog.
Aircraft sales soared at the Dubai Airshow, growing the demand for modern avionics. The five-day airshow closed with record attendance (56,548 all told) and logging $63.3 billion in aircraft, maintenance services, and flight training orders.
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, from Bell Helicopter and The Boeing Company, made its debut at the show and drew international attention. The V-22 Osprey is a unique joint service, multirole combat aircraft using tiltrotor technology to deliver the vertical performance of a helicopter and the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. It can take off, land, and hover like a helicopter, but, when airborne, it can transition to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.
The belle of the ball was the Airbus A320neo—winning orders from a major airline in the Persian Gulf, two international aircraft leasing companies (one in the U.S., and the other in Kuwait), and a U.S.-based low-cost carrier. John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer – customers, reveals that the A320neo provides longer range, lower seat mile costs, lower fuel burned, and more efficiency than the A320, and the A320neo family has accumulated 1,420 firm orders and commitments since its launch last December.