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Three Points for the 2021 Dubai Air Show

Issue No. 47. A350 freighter will launch in Dubai, Boeing’s 777XF won’t — yet

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  • The 2021 Dubai Air Show is a test of the new normal — the first large-scale civil international air show since COVID-19 ravaged aviation. Yet, Dubai is set against the backdrop of a world that is not as flat as it used to be.

  • Freight has kept the civil aviation business alive through the pandemic. The A350 is set for launch here, the 777XF is coming, too, but not yet.

  • Russia’s MC-21 is making its debut in Dubai. It’s a project that represents the geopolitical tension disrupting once open east-west supply lines, but its biggest opportunity may be at home where domestic air travel is booming again.

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