The BEST of Dubai Airshow 2021 - Complete Show Highlight
- Welcome to Dubai Air Ahow 2021. (dramatic music) There are so many cool aeroplanes on stand and display. Let's go to visit some of 'em. Perhaps one of the biggest debut at a show this time is the 777X. Wow, this is huge inside! (upbeat music) - So we've got 12 water tanks in the back of the plane, there's another 12 in the forward part of the cabin.
They're used for balancing the aircraft during test conditions. - I guess this is the perspective I can show you, just how wide the 777X, with no interior apart from testing station. It's really integral to see the winglets from the window outside, the wing is huge.
(upbeat music) - We brought over a lot of the architecture from the 787 to the 777-9 or 777X flight deck. As you can see, we have the large displays, we have the five large displays. They can be used to present other information, so it's very flexible. Or we can use each half of these large displays, so this is very much like the 787. And another feature that's like the 787 is the heads up displays.
- [Sam] The folding wing tip, where do you have to deploy the folding wing tip? Only on the runway or can you deploy also in the air or not? - No, so the switch itself is right here, it's in the fold position here, and you can see that it says folded. When the aeroplane approaches the runway and we have designated spots for where the wingtips can be extended, then the crew would pull this knob and push and rotate it into the extended position. At that point when the wing tips are extended it'll show green and it'll say extended. - [Sam] When you think the aeroplane can be delivered to an airline? - Right now, the plan is we're going to deliver by the end of 2023, and we're on schedule to hit that. So we've got four flight test aircraft. All of them have flown, all of them are in testing.
And so we're moving along really well on the developmental phase of the testing, which is Boeing going through everything we can on the aircraft and ensuring it's complete and ready as we can. Then we proceed into certification and that finishes before EIS at the end of 2023. (rhythmic music) - Welcome to my stand and indoor exhibition, check it out. Lots of aviation furnitures, come on in.
(rhythmic music) Our reception stand here is made from a Rolls-Royce engine cowling, all polished up. And guess which aircraft it came from? Of course, it's my favourite, the Boeing 747. So here we welcome all to aviation enthusiasts and our colleagues to visit our stand, have a chat, and we also have great giveaways for you.
(upbeat music) A new airline from Africa. (upbeat music) When I came in, I saw the one two one stagger seats, but actually the first row seems the best because I can just easily walk in and sit here. There's ample amount of space. Although the seat configuration is standardised, but I see some customization is there and there's actually a lot more space for a big guy.
I mean, in Africa there's lots of muscle guys, big guys. - I will give you a name from back home. I'll call you Manzi. - Manzi. - Manzi means strength and courage.
- Let me grow some more weight. (laughs) - It's a three class cabin. We also have, apart from the business class, we have the premium economy, 28. Then we have the economy as well.
- Manzi from Uganda, I'm very big guy, but I need to try out economy class because if economy class is no good big guy's not going to be happy. - Absolutely, so this is the economy class. Notice it's all brown. And this is about two things, the warmth of the people, we smile a lot. And then it's about the warmth of Uganda, but also tells you about our history.
Many years ago we never had clothes. So people would come, remove the back cloth, the bark of a tree, and take it through a process and bring out something called the back cloth. (upbeat music) - There are so many airlines already in east Africa region. We know all of them, how are you going to compete? 'Cause you are the new kid on the block.
- One, we are known for hospitality. You may ask me, Jenna, why do you think you're going to make it? We are known for friendliness, when you look at our cabin, the colours that we used depict who we are as a people. And the main thing that you do as an airline is your product and your people. (upbeat music) - I'm visiting the Lufthansa Technik stand at the Dubai Airshow, what a beautiful cutout model. What's interesting is there's a giant screen.
It's actually like a little TV screen at home inside a model, that's the next level. Hey Sia, how are you? - Very good, Sam. - I didn't know you guys make models at Lufthansa Technik. - Yeah, thanks for coming over to our stand here at the Dubai Airshow. So what we've got here is our new concept, which is the welcome home concept, which is really come out of the COVID situation where you actually got your home in the sky.
- [Sam] That's the perfect solution for me. We would love to have a home inside an aeroplane, but just can't afford it. - And from there we actually developed another concept, which is really exciting, and I want to show you here with our colleague, Thomas, who can show you the new Explorer design. - Welcome, Sam, we have here our new Explorer concept, and it was developed during the Corona time because we have figured out that everybody after that long time, would like to travel and explore the world in a very short timeframe.
So this project was created to travel around the world within 14 days, with 14 days to get the full experience from all over the world. - [Sam] We're dreaming big here, but realistically, do you really think this will happen in aviation? - Sam, I can tell you, it's not just a dream, it's really realised. This aircraft is equipped with 13 projectors and it's incorporation with theatre where it's really we can be build up our new, the next VIP aircraft can be equipped with these projectors. So it's very realistic to integrate this in an aircraft.
So it's not just dreaming about it, we can really do it. - And Zia, there's a shark hanging in your stand here. It says, I don't bite here. What's going on here? - Yeah, I mean, Sam, this really came from nature. It's an advanced technology which we got from the shark skin surface which reduces drag over the surface of the aircraft. And that's the film, and if you touch it you can't even feel it, but it really reduces the drag and increases the fuel efficient.
- Smooth, shark skin's smooth (upbeat music) - Hi, hello. - Welcome on board. - I remembered this dress, the famous Ethiopian dress. Every flight attendant have one of these onboard. - Definitely, yes. This is our business class. - Cloud nine. - Cloud nine, yes.
- Very colourful, you have the red seats, green. (upbeat music) I actually flown on the 350 from South Africa, from Johannesburg to Adis. But there was another interior, I have two, two, and two. This is the newer interior, now you have one, two and one, right? See things, keep changing and improving.
- This is our traditional Ethiopian coffee. And I'm going to give it to Sam. Would you like to try some Ethiopian coffee? - Yeah. So the coffee's famous, Ethiopian coffee. Ah, very strong, I think.
- Sam, follow me, this is our economy class. - Wow, this is a big economy class. You can see if the rest of all the 350. Green colour, right, so I'll do my test. I want to see your leg room in the middle.
I come to sit in the middle here. Little bit tight for me, I think. (upbeat music) In Africa lots of people hasn't got money to train.
They love aviation, but the problem is they haven't got the money to train. Is there any tip for them? How can they become a pilot with limited resources? - Yeah, that's one of the challenges in Africa, but there are some, probably some aviation schools across the continent where you can get training for a small amount of money, and you don't have to jump to the CPL licence right away. You can do little by little. For example, you can have your PPL licence and work a little bit and, you know, grow into the CPL and look for jobs across the continent.
There the aviation industry in Africa is now growing and there are opportunities for starters to get small jobs that may help them, you know, join bigger lines at the end. (upbeat music) - There's photo opportunity at the air show, look at who is here. Hasa and Sultan, the first two astronauts from the UAE who went to space. Hasa, I actually heard, you started before going to space. You were actually a pilot. - Yes.
- You're in aviation first. - So yes, I was here four years ago doing air show, demo pilot in F-16 on block 60. And it was my dream going to space actually, this is what led me to aviation. Now after four years I am here talking about my experience going to space, about looking at Earth from 400 kilometres. I remember I was here pulling nine GS and now I am here talking about experience of zero Gs. - There are no limitations, and we always say that even if you're a teacher, if you're a physician, a doctor, engineer, you can go to space, if you have the passion, the dream to do so.
(rhythmic music) - Well, I have never been to a Boeing ecoDemonstrator. I knew they had the programme for many years, and it's really interesting, this time Alaska Airlines 737 Max flew all the way to Dubai. Let's check it out inside. (rhythmic music) - For the 2021 ecoDemonstrator, we have a few key focus areas. Reducing community noise, using recycled materials, making airline operations more efficient.
So these two sensors here are measuring greenhouse gases, which include water vapour, methane, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. And those gases are routed to this fancy equipment here provided by NOAA to measure the concentrations of those gases in the atmosphere. - So this is what our flight test engineers would look at. So we have cameras in the flight deck so they can see what the pilots are doing. We can also monitor their displays, so we're seeing exactly what the pilots are seeing throughout the flight. - Actually, there are some airlines seats at the back on the ecoD, but I found out one window has something going on there.
- Sam, this is our low profile anti-collision light. Really what this light does is reduce drag on the aeroplane by a smidge, and it also increases the reliability of the light for our airline customers. This panel is a recycled carbon fibre sidewall. This is a production sidewall.
It's 20% lighter than the current production standard. - [Sam] It's interesting, if Chet didn't tell me, I would not feel the difference between the two. This is where technology in aviation is heading to, is to refinement, continuous refinement, to deliver 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% reduction. We can go all the way from zero to 100, but we have to slowly get up there. (rhythmic music) - Here in the flight deck some of our technologies that we're using are a touch screen CDU.
This allows us into our flight plans. - Oh, you touch screen now, it used to be an FMS, you had to manually type with the keys. - Exactly. So it's a much smaller device, so it weighs less.
In addition, we've added some other functionalities for weather, radar, and transponder that allows us to remove some of our panels here from the stamp. - I see, so all the panels, no needed now because you incorporate it on the touch screen here. - Exactly. So the weight savings helps the airlines burn less fuel as they operate.
(rhythmic music) - At the Etihad Engineering stand, the world's biggest twin engine aeroplane, 777-300ER. It's going to get a new variant, the cargo version. - We started with the conversion, the first conversion 777 all over the world will be here.
So we're looking forward to success together with our friends here. - What we're seeing this time at Dubai Airshow is CEO from many countries come and join force, collaborate, to work out a triple 777-300ER conversion. We look forward to see the 777-300ER.
(rhythmic music) A bunch of aeroplane come from Russia, they're not old aeroplane, they're actually new aeroplanes . I'm really interested and want to explore each of 'em. (rhythmic music) Looking at it, isn't it a beautiful? Look at the gold line. It feels like time's gone, but it's on a new aeroplane, 787. Let's go inside a Gulf Air retro and take a look. (upbeat music) This is good tradition, look at your, is this what you normally wear now on the welcoming guests at the door? - This is a Bahraini tradition.
- Bahraini tradition, thank you very much. I feel like I'm going to take off now, let's go sit in business class, take off. (upbeat music) I actually flew to Gulf Air Dreamliner when it was new and this is an interior that I found that lots of people like because all our access and also is straight facing, it's all these angles.
Let me try out the window seat here, 'cause this is actually really nice, you've got your private passage here and I like it because it's straightforward, it's not one of these angle looking backward, you know. You got three windows, that's a good business class, right? It's been awhile. Mohammed, I want to know how Gulf Air's doing through the pandemic. - So during the pandemic, we never stopped flying, continued to operate. We should never shut Bahrain International Airport. We continuously flew throughout 2020, even the hardest of times.
Continuing to connect our passengers from the east to the west, and today we're all offering over 80% of our original network, boosting a lot of our frequencies. Just recently we also introduced a lot more frequencies to some popular destinations. (upbeat music) - Rose water. What do you do, with the face? - Yeah.
- Smells good. Oh, a gift as well. Thank you. All right, it's been a great visit. (upbeat music) So this is my first time participate in the Airshow indoor exhibition area and what could be better to have two beautiful lady from my flight school, from the US, fly all the way to Dubai to support me. So Jennifer and Leslie here.
- Hi, my name is Jennifer Dezal, I am a pilot and I just passed my instrument check ride, I'm working on my commercial licence right now. We're here in Dubai just to check out new planes, new technologies, meet some people and make some connection. I used to live in Dubai so I'm hoping to be back in Dubai, you know, someday working as a pilot.
- Hi, my name is Leslie and I'm a flight instructor. Really privileged to have this opportunity to fly all the way out here to Dubai to work with Sam and network with all these great pilots around here and moving my way up in the airline industry. - Omar visiting my stand, he's actually from Rolls-Royce. And omar you remember, this engine here? - Well, not that serial number, but I certainly the engine.
- You have worked on this engine before. - Yeah, 20 years ago in Darby. I've definitely worked on an RB211-524, the D class, without a doubt.
- Right. Before the show I did two give away, so Alberto actually wound the entry ticket to come to Dubai Air show. - Yeah, it was great, thank you so much. This is really amazing, it's an amazing opportunity and I'm so grateful for you to raffle tickets and it's really an amazing experience.
(upbeat music) - Even the stairs are green. Can't wait to check out a greenliner, let's go. (upbeat music) Thank you. On the greenliner even the bottled water, plant bottle, green colour.
With me, Tony Douglas CEO, Etihad Airways Group. Tell me, the whole greenliner concept, sustainable, people thinking this is a marketing idea. What do you say? - Well, it certainly isn't a marketing idea because I think Etihad is broadly acknowledged, has been a thought leader in commercial aviation sustainability. Cop 28 has been announced for the UAE in two years' time.
And we've been making a number of statements over the last two years with the greenliner and bringing together all ideas big and small. The whole purpose of the greenliner is a go-to persona. So anybody out there with a smart idea in aviation that contributes to reducing emissions, this is the place to bring it, but also, the stable mate now is the sustainable 50. The sustainable 50 is an Airbus A350-1000 and we're going to be using that aircraft alongside the greenliner, really to get everybody's excitement of the go-to place to help us progressively reduce emissions.
- [Sam] When are you putting the A350 into the service? - We're planning to bring it into the network Q2 of next year. (upbeat music) - 747 flying. Now look at this little cute plane here, the Let 410 new generation. I never flew in the Let 410, I knew this is a stow aeroplane.
This aeroplane came from Czech, right? - Exactly, from Czech Republic. - How many hours you flew to Dubai? - It took about 16 hours altogether, takes two days. - Oh wow, that's an adventure, 16 hours flight. (rhythmic music) You know, I found this aeroplane very interesting. It has a very big door, tou're boarding from the rear. It's not the front door boarding.
And this is also for paratroopers, you can have cargo going in and out, right? Very interesting design. I actually know the Let 410 before from trips to Nepal, to Lukla, which is the world's most dangerous airport, had many accidents there. I believe you have flow in there. What is it like as the pilot flying to there? - It was big challenge over there. So we made it and they demonstrated a short little landing.
- [Sam] How many metres you need for take off and landing? - Generally we need about 800 metre for take off and 600 metres for landing, but Lukla is shorter, it's about 500 metres long, only, but. - So you can do it with a full payload. - Yes. We got inside a Let 410, how many seats you have in total? - You can see this is passenger version, capacity is 19 seats. (upbeat music) - Greg came from America.
In fact, American Airlines captain over 30 years. How's this Dubai Airshow for you like? - Well, so Sam, this has been the busiest Dubai Airshow for CPaT Global and we'd been to many of these in the past and we're feeling wonderful about how many people we've met, how much traffic there was. I would say this is probably the busiest Dubai Airshow that we've seen in many years.
- You know, you see the biggest 380 and now you see the cutest jets, right? The Embraer Phenom and the Cirrus here from the EFTA, from the Emirates Flight Training Academy. I have to fly with you guys one day. I will come and fly with you 'cause they fly out of this airport here.
'Cause I can fly a single engine Cirrus. (calm music) I have the chance to meet his excellency, Saif Al-Suwaidi, from the General Civil Aviation Authority of UAE. - When was the first Airshow that you attended here? - My first Dubai Airshow was 2009. - Oh. - What about yours here?
- Mine was something like, it was the first, so I think it was 87 or 86. And it was very limited, very small. Boutique air show that year.
But comparing that to this one. - So we've gone bigger and bigger every time. - Every time. I think from the figures that we have, you can see that it is one of the most successful Airshow that we have here in UAE.
The number of visitors would exceed the 85,000 officials and professionals. And this is big number, really, especially during the coronavirus days. Now, it is our responsibility as the authority of the civil aviation in UAE to support such national initiatives. Our role of course is to facilitate the official delegation visit. Also authorising the activities, the airshow activities. This Airshow proved to the public, not only the public, that it is now the time to come back and enjoy travelling.
(rhythmic music) - We are at the end of five days of Dubai Airshow. There's a lot of fun watching the aeroplane that go by and also learn a lot in the indoor exhibition. But if you asked me what's the best part of the show, I would say it's people face to face meeting again, that humanity. a record 100,000 people turn out to the show to support the aviation industries recovery. We definitely see that light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for watching.