15 NOVEMBER 2021
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The first major gathering of the aerospace community since the outbreak of the pandemic 2021 Dubai Air Show opened yesterday (Sunday 14 November) at Dubai World Central Airport.
It bought a welcome return to a busy static line of 160 aircraft; 20-plus country pavilions and a sorely missed flying display for professionals and enthusiasts.
Mention must be made of organisers Tarsus Middle East for an extremely well-organised check-in process.
In the blistering heat visitors (all wearing mandatory facemasks) headed outside to view the newest attractions, among them Boeing’s B777X having performed its longest and first international 15-hour non-stop flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Dubai, eight years after the programme first launched – in Dubai.
The aircraft, with its distinctive folded winglets, joined the Sunday afternoon flying programme.
Alongside fighter jets, freighters and an impressive variety of rotary and fixed wing aircraft from Russia, business aviation is well represented – Bombardier’s Global 7500; a family of newest jets from Dassault Falcon and from the UK Acropolis Aviation’s stunning flagship Airbus ACJ320neo, making its show debut for Airbus Corporate Jets. Irkut Corporation presented the Superjet 100 in a new business aviation layout in the branding of Russian luxury car AURUS, (Russian gold it means, apparently). Alison Chambers will have a full report in next week's BTN.
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John Davidson, France
Any hotel space available? Tell us about evening entertainment. In the 1980s, the Filipino bands put on particularly good shows, but the ambience has all changed.