"Putting it in context, the Dubai Airshow has become a big one in the global hierarchy. But I am not expecting anything big (in terms of orders)," said John Strickland, director of air transport consulting firm JLS.
"It was two years ago at Dubai, that Boeing successfully launched, with big orders, its 777X … (this) is the next generation of the Boeing 777 which is, in worldwide service, currently the most successful airliner both for Boeing and the airlines that have bought it. So given we had that big order then, I am not expecting to see something similar now," he told CNBC.
Emirates indicated last month that it won't be announcing any major orders at the show, as the group is still taking delivery of planes that were ordered back in 2013. This includes the long range jetliner 777X, which the carrier expects will start receiving orders from late 2018.