Dubai Airshow: Airbus takes orders for 225 A321s

Dubai Airshow International Aerospace Exhibition is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

On November 14, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus received orders for up to 255 single-aisle A321 aircraft on the first day of the show only.

According to Airbus’ announcement, the above order is from four airlines belonging to the US Indigo Partners joint stock company, including Wizz Air, Frontier, Volaris and JetSMART.

In which, low-cost carrier Wizz Air ordered 102 aircraft, American Frontier Airlines ordered 91 aircraft, while Mexico’s Volaris and Chile’s JetSMART ordered 39 and 23 aircraft respectively. Based on the price list announced by Airbus in 2018, the total order value was more than 33 billion USD. However, the official price has not been revealed yet.

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said that because the four airlines belong to the same airline holding company, the manufacturer has accepted a large order at an attractive price. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2025.

Aviation companies gather at the Dubai Airshow in the context that the industry is gradually recovering after being heavily affected by travel restrictions to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic, but is also facing pressure. reducing the impact of climate change.

The five-day exhibition in the UAE is the first major gathering of the aviation industry since the pandemic brought the industry to a standstill, with airports deserted and planes unable to fly. take off. Air traffic is slowly picking up again, although traffic in September of this year was still 53% below pre-pandemic levels. Indigo Partners director Bill Franke said the company wanted to “start the recovery process as soon as possible”.

Meanwhile, Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Business Officer, said that Indigo Partners’ airlines had “acted quickly and decisively” over the past few months to make the order decision. this landmark” when the pandemic is gradually being brought under control.

Also within the framework of the above-mentioned large-scale exhibition, Boeing of the US – the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer – on the same day signed a contract with Iceease company specializing in providing aircraft leasing services from Iceland to converted 11 Boeing 737-800BCFs into cargo planes. Boeing has not disclosed the value of the contract to convert the previous-generation single-aisle aircraft of the MAX family.

In response to the growing demand, Boeing also announced that it will open three new routes in Canada and the UK, in addition to the recently opened routes in China and Costa Rica.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), although the Covid-19 pandemic has caused heavy damage to the aviation industry, the demand for transporting goods globally by air is 9% higher than it was at the time. before this pandemic crisis.