Flight International Dubai special

If you are going to the Dubai air show next week, our 12 November issue should be required reading. My colleague and Airline Business editor Max Kingsley-Jones have both been – separately – to the UAE to interview and report on some of the biggest hitters in the region’s aerospace and aviation sectors for our 20-page Dubai air show scene-setter package.

He has spoken to the chief executives of the big three airlines – Tim Clark of Emirates, Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways and Etihad’s James Hogan. Meanwhile, I met the leaders of Abu Dhabi aerostructures specialist Strata, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and the UAE’s two main airport companies for a feature on the development of the Gulf’s new hubs.

Craig Hoyle writes about the fighter and transport procurement contests in the region, while Oliver Clark looks at the business models being pursued by the UAE’s two low-cost airline rivals, Flydubai and Air Arabia.

For our cover story, Stephen Trimble focuses on the market thinking behind the Boeing 777X, likely to be launched officially at Dubai with some possible big orders from one or more Gulf customers.

In news: Skunk Works reveals plans for hypersonic successor to Blackbird, Airbus’s plans for a bigger Beluga and the latest suitor for the CSeries, Nigeria’s Arik Air.

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