DUBAI - Hello from Dubai, where I’m gearing up for the big air show that starts Sunday. Obviously, all the buzz seems to be about the 777X and whether we’ll launch the airplane in Dubai, and with which customers. I’ll just say “stay tuned.”
It’s no surprise that this year’s Dubai Airshow will be all about widebody airplanes. I arrived in Dubai early to unveil Boeing’s Middle East market outlook. We project this region will need 2,610 new airplanes worth $550 billion by 2032. Twin-aisle airplanes will account for more than half of that demand.
I spoke with media in Dubai to unveil our Middle East market outlook.
Boeing is in a great position to capture the biggest bite of that widebody apple. Obviously the 777X will play a key role in our Middle East strategy—and we’re thrilled with the feedback we’ve been getting from our customers here and around the world.
During our market outlook briefing, we had a back and forth with reporters about widebody demand, the growing role of low cost carriers in this region, 777X configuration, competition and the 787.
There’s also a lot of excitement and anticipation about what may happen during the air show itself. It will be great to see a Qatar Airways 787, a Royal Brunei Airlines 787 and a flydubai 737-800 with Boeing Sky Interior all on static display.
I invite you to follow this blog as I provide some perspective and color from the air show over the next several days. I’ll end with a few pictures from a great lunch we had in Dubai. Who knew I had to come all the way to Dubai for Thai food? I can tell you it was spicy— just like we expect the air show to be.