US companies get USD 44bn in new UAE orders

US companies were the big winners at the 2017 Dubai Airshow as UAE customers placed more than USD 44 billion in new orders for commercial aircraft and defense-related equipment and services, the company said.

At the Airshow, Emirates Airline placed firm orders for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft valued at USD 15.1 billion. According to the US Department of Commerce jobs multiplier, this order alone will support 78,000 US jobs — both at Boeing and at its suppliers across the US.

Also at the Airshow, UAE-based regional airline flydubai announced a separate USD 27 billion order for 225 Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes, the largest-ever single-aisle jet order by a Middle East carrier. flydubai operates an all-Boeing fleet of planes.

The 787-10 aircraft will be assembled at the Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina and the 737s will be manufactured in Renton, Washington.

Emirates is also the world´s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, and was the launch customer for the 777X. In 2013, Emirates announced the largest commercial airplane order in the history of US commercial aviation with commitments and purchase rights for a total of 200 Boeing 777X aircraft. According to Boeing data, it has delivered or has on order a total of 329 aircraft for Emirates.

flydubai has a total of 361 Boeing 737s on its order books, with 63 planes already having been delivered. Abu-Dhabi-based Etihad currently flies 24 777 aircraft with 25 more on order, along with an USD 8.7 billion order for 787-10 aircraft first announced in 2013.

Including the latest agreements, UAE airlines have received or have on order more than 800 Boeing aircraft, according to Boeing data.

In the defense sector, the UAE agreed to a USD 1.6 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to upgrade the UAE Air Force´s fleet of 80 F-16 fighter jets. The F-16 “Block 60” is regarded as the most advanced version of that aircraft ever produced, and it forms the backbone of the UAE Air Force´s fleet.

The UAE also announced a USD 684 million deal with Raytheon for precision-guided munitions.