Connecting the World

Connecting the World

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The United Arab Emirates and the United States share the world’s fastest-growing bilateral commercial aviation relationship — in fact, aircraft sales help solidify the UAE’s standing as the US’ largest export market in the Middle East region. Exports from the US aviation sector to the UAE help support hundreds of thousands of jobs and have billions of dollars in annual economic impact in the US. 

In 2013, UAE airlines announced the largest commercial aircraft order in history. When combined, UAE airlines – Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and flydubai — will buy more than 300 new Boeing aircraft valued at more than $120 billion, including General Electric engines and maintenance services. Emirates Airline is already the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and is purchasing 150 next-generation models. Etihad Airways will become the single largest customer for Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and flydubai will be the largest Boeing 737 operator in the Middle East.

UAE and US airlines now fly more than 200 nonstop flights each week between 11 US cities and hubs in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. As UAE airlines increase their flights to the US, they are also hiring more US-based employees. Recently, US Customs and Border Protection opened its first preclearance facility in the Middle East region at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This facility helps enhance US security and facilitate more efficient travel to the US from the UAE and other countries.