Airbus’ growing presence in the Middle East – both in terms of market share and industrial cooperation – will be highlighted during the 2011 Dubai Airshow with the company’s high-profile participation at this five-day event.
With more than 770 aircraft booked in the region by Airbus, most major Middle East carriers have selected the company’s jetliners to grow and modernise their fleets, acquiring aircraft that range from the single-aisle A320 Family to the 21st century A380 flagship.
Some of the key Middle East airlines with Airbus aircraft in their fleets are Emirates, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airways and Etihad – whose Etihad Crystal Cargo division was the first to receive the new A330-200F freighter.
To provide rapid response and close access for area customers’ support needs, Airbus has located its regional material and logistics centre in the Dubai Airport Free Zone. The company’s commercial activities in this part of the world – from marketing, sales and contracts to customer relations and customer support – are managed through its Airbus Middle East subsidiary, which also is headquartered at the Dubai Airport Free Zone.
Industrial partnerships are part of Airbus’ Middle East strategy. In coordination with its parent company EADS, work packages for the assembly and production of Airbus aircraft components are being assigned to Mubadala Aerospace in activity that includes the provision of assistance and consultancy in engineering, research, development, training and education.
Additionally, EADS will expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities through an agreement with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies that is to accelerate this Mubadala-owned company’s entry into the Airbus global MRO network.