Russian manufacturers have long had a strong presence at the Dubai Airshow and the Ansat light twin, powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW200 series turboshafts, is prominent on Russian Helicopters’ static display.
Etihad Airways is showcasing its Boeing 787-10 “Greenliner,” which operated its most sustainable operation last month, achieving 72% reduction in carbon emissions on a specially organized London to Abu Dhabi flight.
Starved from in-person meetings, the industry is gathering at the Dubai Airshow with an even stronger appetite for lively conversations.
Lockheed Martin F-35
Lockheed Martin is exhibiting a full-size mockup of the F-35. The UAE has ordered up to 50 examples of the fighter but the timeline for deliveries remains uncertain.
Russian Helicopters is promoting the Ka-52 Alligator as a reconnaissance and combat helicopter able to carry 2,000 kg (4,400 lb.) of weapons. The Ka-52 features a coaxial rotor system, two VK-2500 turboshafts and ejector seats.
Ethiopian’s Airbus A350
Ethiopian Airlines is here marking its 75th anniversary with one of its Airbus A350-900s showcased on the static display.
Saab CEO meets Bombardier CEO
Saab´s CEO Micael Johansson stands together with Bombardier´s CEO Eric Martel at the Dubai Airshow 2021 in front of Saab´s GlobalEye Swing-Role, newly in-service with the UAE Air Force. Saab uses the range and time-on-mission capability of the Global 6000 as part of the GlobalEye's surveillance capability.
Social distancing? Facial masks are worn, hands are sanitized and health credentials are required to enter the country but Dubai Airshow visitors meet in normal-life proximity. At last, they can share views and enter passionate debates without the shortcomings of a video meeting.
All photos credit of Mark Wagner/Aviation Week Network
Thierry Dubois has specialized in aerospace journalism since 1997. An engineer in fluid dynamics from Toulouse-based Enseeiht, he covers the French commercial aviation, defense and space industries. His expertise extends to all things technology in Europe. Thierry is also the editor-in-chief of Aviation Week’s ShowNews.