He also visited Euro-Fighter's pavilion to learn about its aircraft and equipment and the Japanese company of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Airbus secured the biggest-ever single order in its history for 430 A320neos valued at $49.5 billion, besides firming up orders for 90 aircraft of the same family, while its transatlantic rival Boeing inked a landmark $27 billion deal with Dubai's low-priced carrier flydubai for 225 MAX family 737 aircraft. If all the deals they each announced at the show are finalized before the end of the year, they will head into the last weeks of 2017 neck-and-neck in the race for the biggest annual order tally.
Zoltan Ivan, Key Account Manager International Sales at Innovation Sales at ILA (Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace) said, "This 15th Dubai Airshow was definitely smaller than the previous editions, I saw many empty spots, but business deals sealed were surprisingly positive".
AerCap is also behind a leasing deal to provide EgyptAir with six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which will start operating in 2019.
Boeing versus Airbus: Who won the battle of Dubai?
Returning global exhibitor Turkish Technic, a maintenance, fix and overhaul company based at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, is celebrating a successful Dubai Airshow, and plans to return for the 2019 edition.
Though Boeing has dominated the show from the start, Airbus could not be written off, as Airbus sales chief John Leahy, known to be a veteran of last-minute air show surprises, was planning a blockbuster climax to a 20 plus year stint as marketing boss.
The order includes A320neos and A321neos, the source said. Airbus turned its fortunes around with a mammoth order of 430 jets from the A320 family, worth a list price total of $49.5 billion. The aircraft will be allocated among the airlines Frontier Airlines in United States, JetSMART in Chile, Volaris in Mexico and Wizz Air in Hungary.
Airbus and Boeing struck almost $77 billion worth of deals at the Dubai Airshow as discount carriers rushed to take advantage of discounts and lock in the cost of their aircraft procurements.
Saudi-led coalition strike puts Yemeni airport 'out of service'
With the humanitarian situation getting much worse, it appears 2018 will be hard for Yemen as this historical land is plagued with war and disease for another year.