November 16, 2017: It was a fairly good show for the Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing during the Dubai Airshow this year. It bagged 296 commercial jet orders and commitments, valued at about $50 billion.

This, according to a press release from Boeing, is across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families and debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refuelling simulators.

“This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow. We signed agreements with key airline partners including Emirates, flydubai, Azerbaijan Airlines, ALAFCO and Ethiopian Airlines. In addition, Egyptair became a new customer for the 787. Finally, the airshow was a great opportunity to introduce our newest business unit, Boeing Global Services, to the Middle East market and reiterate the region’s importance to Boeing.,” said Bernard Dunn, president, Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

The continued growth of the Middle East aviation market was underscored by customers in the region announcing orders and commitments for 296 airplanes - including 50 options - with a value of about $50 billion at list prices.

Boeing also celebrated the opening of Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA), where Boeing was selected to provide a customised, integrated software system for managing cadet learning and training using the software.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security also saw great interest in the CST-100 Starliner docking simulator spacecraft which debut in Dubai for the first time, highlighting the region’s high interest for space travel and exploration. Other defence products on display included the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor, AH-64 Apache and the CH-47 Chinook helicopters, as well as the F-15 multi-role fighter.

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