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Taking Flight: GE Aerospace News from the 2023 Dubai Airshow

November 13, 2023 | by GE Aerospace News Staff
Since 1986, the Dubai Airshow has grown from a small, civilian trade show into one of the largest aerospace events in the world with over 1400+ exhibitors from 95 countries plus more than 180 aircraft.

GE Aerospace concluded the show on a high note, having announced multiple strategic engine and services orders. The event highlighted the importance of the robust regional aviation industry in the Middle East’s broader story of economic growth.

H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., Chairman and CEO of GE and CEO of GE Aerospace, attended the event saying, “It was an eventful week for GE Aerospace and our partners at the 2023 Dubai Airshow with more than 450 engine orders as well as several services agreements announced. The airlines across this region are drivers of wider economic development, and we are proud to partner with them to shape the future of flight.”

Strengthening connections with key aviation players, GE Aerospace joined exhibitors from 95 countries at the Airshow and announced significant orders for both widebody and narrowbody engines. This includes 202 GE9X engines for Emirates, 8 GEnx engines and spares for TAAG Angola Airlines, 4 GEnx engines for Royal Air Maroc, and 240 CFM LEAP engines for Air Arabia. Regional airlines flydubai and Air Cairo also signed long-term services agreements with GE Aerospace to power and maintain their fleets.

Here's the top GE Aerospace news and headlines from the show.

The GE9X powered Boeing 777X. Credits: GE Aerospace


Emirates orders 202 additional GE9X engines and services for Boeing 777X fleet

Emirates announced an order for 202 GE9X engines and spares to power its upcoming fleet of Boeing 777X family of aircraft. The order also includes a long-term services agreement. This brings Emirates’ total order for GE9X engines to 460. Read more.

FlyDubai Signs Services Agreement for CFM LEAP-1B Engines

flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, and CFM International today announced a multi-year services agreement to cover 222 LEAP-1B engines for the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-8/-9 (in service and on order).    The agreement also covers spare engines.

Air Arabia Placed Order For 240 LEAP-1A Engines

Air Arabia, the Middle East, and North Africa first and largest low-cost carrier operator, announced today a significant milestone in its ongoing commitment to enhancing its fleet and operations. Following a signing ceremony attended by senior executives from CFM and Air Arabia during Dubai Airshow 2023, the airline has announced the order for 240 CFM LEAP-1A engines to power its existing order of 120 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, including brand new A321XLR. The agreement includes a multi-year services agreement and spare engines.

Air Cairo Signs Services Agreement for CFM LEAP-1A Engines

Air Cairo, an Egyptair subsidiary, and CFM International today signed a multi-year non-exclusive services agreement to cover the shop visits of 28 LEAP engines powering the 14 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently operated by the airline.

CFM LEAP Durability

Intensive research and rigorous testing led by GE Aerospace and Safran Engines have paved the way for the CFM LEAP engine's increased endurance in hot and dusty flying conditions.


TAAG Angola Airlines orders GEnx-1B engines for Boeing-787 fleet

GE Aerospace has announced an order from TAAG Angola Airlines for eight GEnx-1B engines and one spare to power their fleet of Boeing-787 aircraft.


Morocco-based Royal Air Maroc (RAM) orders 4 GEnx-1B engines

The engines will power their new order of Boeing 787 aircraft to meet the needs of the carrier’s expansion of long-haul routes to North and South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. This order adds to RAM’s current fleet of nine GEnx-powered Boeing 787s.


Emirates adopts FlightPulse Animation Module from GE Aerospace

GE Aerospace announced that Emirates has adopted the new Animation Module in their FlightPulse software solution. With the new module, more than 4,000 pilots currently using FlightPulse will now have access to unprecedented and never-before-seen detail into the operation of the aircraft during debriefings.


Support for the wider aviation ecosystem

In addition to order announcements, GE Aerospace leadership supported initiatives focused on entrepreneurship, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Aviation X Lab, an ambitious aviation entrepreneurship incubator established by five global aviation giants including Emirates, Airbus, and GE Aerospace, announced its 3rd challenge cycle. GE Aerospace was also part of the future-focused conference agenda, participating in panels and roundtables focused on inclusivity in the aviation industry’s workforce.

Aviation in the Middle East is one of the most dynamic and important sectors of the economy. It is an engine of economic growth, and GE Aerospace is proud to support the sector today, tomorrow, and into the future.

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