14 Dec 2023 By May Ng

Emirates wraps up a successful Dubai Air Show

Emirates has wrapped up a successful 2023 Dubai Air Show, concluding a week of significant investment announcements in its future fleet and capabilities, and inking new partnerships that signal confidence in what’s ahead.

Already the world’s biggest operator of wide-body passenger aircraft, Emirates announced significant orders to grow its fleet and power the airline’s future growth plans in line with the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33). Confirming an order for an additional 90 Boeing 777-9s, 777-8s, and 5 787s, worth US$ 52 billion and 15 additional Airbus A350-900s, worth US$ 6 billion, Emirates now has a total order book of 310 wide-body aircraft and will continue to receive delivery of new aircraft through to 2035.

Emirates also announced a US$ 950 million investment to build a new ultra-modern engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC) that is purpose-built to support Emirates’ aircraft fleet and operating requirements into the 2040s. Spread over 1 million square metres, the engineering complex will be the largest and most advanced of its kind to be operated by any airline, adding a boost to Dubai’s world-class aviation infrastructure.

To ensure its highly popular A380 fleet remains in tip-top condition, Emirates signed over US$ 1.5 billion worth of agreements to optimize the double-decker jet’s lifespan. Capitalizing on the expertise of partners across the aviation aftermarket and MRO services spectrum, the airline also signed agreements for maintenance, repair and overhaul services, parts provisioning, component repairs and technical support to ensure the A380 fleet continues to meet Emirates’ exacting standards, well into the next decade.

Developing the UAE’s engineering talent pool, Emirates and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)’s commercial and training arm, the International Aviation Consulting and Training (IACT), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to curate bespoke training solutions.


Dubai Air Show 2023