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Dubai Airshow 2021 (#DAS21)

Update (0400 GMT): Russian Knights have confirmed their presence for the Dubai Air Show 2021 flying display program.

Dubai Airshow 2021 (#DAS21) – one of the most anticipated biennial airshow event opens on Sunday, November 14th. The event will take place at the Dubai Airshow Site, DWC in Dubai. The airshow will bring aviation manufacturers, leading airlines, and others related businesses together to share announcements about their latest products. Just like the previous edition in 2019, Team VT Aviation will be attending the event and will be reporting live about the happenings from the event. After a struggling two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubai Airshow becomes the first major aviation event to take place along with the ongoing EXPO 2020 in Dubai.

The Dubai airshow 2021 will host the key industry and government stakeholders across the span of 5 days. With 4 conference stages, 9 tracks and 250+ speakers that will be delivering over 50 hours of content, the airshow proves to be the perfect platform to explore opportunities, discuss trends and gather insights from market leaders in the aerospace industry. The conference tracks include – Air Traffic Management, Cargo, Sustainability, Advance Aerial Mobility, Space, Cyber Security, Start-Ups, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, 5G, Future of Travel, IAWA TALKS. You can check out the Conference Agenda information on the official Dubai Airshow website.

Dubai Airshow 2021 – Static Display

The Dubai Airshow 2021 will feature over 1,200 exhibitors from 148 countries including 317 first-time exhibitors from Estonia, Israel, Czech Republic, Korea and many more, 80+ Startups, 160+ Aircraft, 250+ Speakers, 50+ Investors and accelerators. The static display will include latest civil, military, business aircraft, and a collection of helicopters from the leading industry manufacturers. Here’s what we can expect to see at Dubai Airshow 2021 –

The middle eastern aviation giant Emirates will be showcasing their flagship Airbus A380. Etihad Airways will be showcasing their Airbus A350-1000XWB along with their Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Low-cost Middle-East giants Fly Dubai will display their Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft while Air Arabia will be displaying their Airbus A321LR.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus will be showcasing aircraft all the way from an A320 to an A380. The following commercial aircraft are expected to be at the airshow –

  • Air Baltic Airbus A220
  • Airbus A320CJ (operated by Acropolis Aviation)
  • Wizz Air Airbus A321LR
  • Airbus A330neo in Uganda Airline Colours
  • Airbus A350-900XWB of Ethiopian Airlines
  • Airbus A350-900XWB (MSN 2) – Air Space Explorer
  • Airbus Helicopters ACH175

Furthermore, on the military front, Airbus will be showcasing the –

  • C295 aircraft of United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence
  • A400M multi-role airlifter
  • Kuwait Air Force Helicopter H225M

Boeing, on the other hand, will be displaying their much anticipated Boeing 777X. This aircraft is expected to attract a lot of eye-balls during the flying display, especially the “folding wingtip” concept. The Boeing 777X will be performing its first ever public display at an airshow.

On the static display, we expect to see the 2021 Boeing ecoDemonstrator, an Alaska Airlines 737-9 test flight aircraft that is currently being used to test about 20 technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise and further improve safety.

Boeing is excited to participate fully in the Dubai Airshow, the first major international airshow in almost two years, and to be able to engage directly with customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders from the region and beyond,” said Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

Embraer S.A. will be showcasing their E195-E2 Jet, the KC390, Super Tucano and Praetor aircraft. There are lots more of aircraft expected on the static display. We will update this blog with the details as we have them.

Russian Helicopters, according to their recent media mailer, confirmed their presence with a record number of rotorcraft at the Dubai Airshow 2021. They will be demonstrating six full-scale samples of Russian rotorcraft which will be presented on static display as well as the in flight program of the airshow. The airshow will witness the international premiere of the Mi-28NE attack helicopter. Also on debut at the Dubai airshow 2021 will be the Russian attack helicopter Ka-52. They expect to demonstrate a rich flight program with elements of complex aerobatics used in real air combat maneuvers at the exhibition.

The third debutant at Dubai Airshow 2o21 will be the modernized light helicopter Ka-226T Climber after completing the recent displays at MAKS 2021 in Russia. One of the key features of the Ka-226T Climber is the adaptability for high altitude flights. The airshow will also see the Mi-171A2 debut in the Middle East. The display aircraft is expected to be handed over to its first operator from the UAE at the end of the airshow.


The 2019 edition of Dubai Airshow showed the introduction of the light ANSAT Helicopter. In this edition, Russian Helicopters is set to display the light multi-purpose Ansat helicopter in two versions. The first one being equipped with the medical module. The second version is the luxury Ansat Aurus, which features a VIP cabin designed in accordance with Aurus brand style.

* All above images courtesy Russian Helicopters

Dubai Airshow 2021 – Flying Display

One of the highlights of the Dubai Airshow is the flying display. The display happens everyday between 2 PM – 5 PM. The flying display is the key for manufacturers to demonstrate their aircraft abilities to the global aerospace industry and showcase the performance capabilities of their aircraft. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates from the flying display.

Ahlan Indian Air Force ….

One of the reasons for us at Team VT Aviation to be all-the-more excited to attend this show is to see our very own Indian Air Force taking part in the flying displays. This marks the return of the Indian Air Force display teams after 16 years at the Dubai airshow event.  Suryakiran Aerobatics Team – SKAT with their Hawk MK-132 (Twin concept tandem seat), Sarang helicopter air display team with their HAL Dhruvs, and Tejas with their HAL Tejas fighter jet are expected to grace the skies over Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), Dubai. We can’t wait to see them in action!!

In addition, the remaining aerobatic displays will be from –

  • UAE’s Al Fursan team
  • Airbus A350-900 (Airbus livery)
  • Boeing 777X – the much anticipated flying display!!!
  • Interesting debutant rotorcraft from Russian Helicopters (details will be updated soon!)

On the military side, the aerobatic displays will come from French Air Force – Dassault Rafale. We are awaiting information about other defense aircraft that will be performing during the show. We will update the article once we have the media release information.

Stay Tuned …

The Dubai Airshow 2021 is expected to be a game changer to set things on a positive note for the aviation industry in the years to come. While the pandemic is still far from over, it will be interesting to see how aviation is going to shape up in the next few years. With no doubt, the eye-balls are on the order books and the orders that are expected to come through during these five days. Stay tuned to our website for regular updates from the event. Stay tuned on our InstagramTwitter, and Facebook pages for exclusive updates and pictures from the event. Don’t forget to Follow/Like us on our social media pages.

What are your expectations from #DAS21? How do you see this year’s event going forward? Drop in your comments below. Are you planning to visit the Dubai Airshow 2021 event? Come and say Hi! to us and we’ll be excited to meet you.

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Dubai Air Show 2019 at Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai

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