Connecting the World

Connecting the World

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The United Arab Emirates and the United States share a vibrant bilateral commercial aviation relationship. Aircraft sales have helped solidify the UAE’s standing as the US’ largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa region for eight consecutive years. 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. For example, UAE’s Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline have a combined total of 70 787-10 aircraft on order. The 787-10 aircraft will be assembled at Boeing's Charleston facility, supporting 7,000 Boeing jobs in South Carolina.

In total, UAE airlines have received or have on order more than 800 Boeing aircraft. In 2013, UAE airlines ordered $120 billion in Boeing planes, the largest commercial aircraft order in history. And over the past 10 years, UAE customers ordered $150 billion in Boeing planes, supporting 781,000 US jobs.

  • At the 2017 Dubai Airshow, Emirates placed firm orders for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft valued at $15.1 billion. According to Emirates, this order alone will support 78,000 US jobs. 
  • Etihad has $36 billion in Boeing aircraft orders, including 71 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners, all powered by GE engines. Etihad also flies 24 777s, and has many more on order.
  • At the 2017 Dubai Airshow, flydubai announced a $27 billion order for 225 Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes, the largest-ever single-aisle jet order by a Middle East carrier. It was the first carrier in the region to operate Boeing’s newest 737-MAX 8, which is part of its all-Boeing fleet.

UAE airlines now connect 12 US airports to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and beyond with more than 250 weekly flights. These flights facilitate inbound Foreign Direct Investment in the US, encourage US tourism, and open new markets to American businesses. And as UAE airlines increase their flights to the US, they are hiring more US-based employees. In 2014, 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 facilitates more efficient travel to the US from the UAE and other countries.