After a record-breaking batch of orders at the last Dubai Airshow in 2013, this year the big airlines have decided to hold off on adding to their order books, sparking some concern over the longer-term health of the industry.
No major jetliner deals were announced by any of the major Gulf carriers on the first day of this year's event, bringing the old rivalry between Airbus and Boeing back into focus once again.
But chief executive of European aircraft manufacturer Airbus talked up the "battle" between the group and its U.S. rival, adding that the fall-off in orders was not a sign for concern for the broader industry as airlines are making more money than ever before.
"Well I don't expect a big announcement this year, but just remind you that two years ago we got to 160 orders During the Dubai Airshow so I think the Middle East carriers have a huge order book and we have started to deliver it, especially on the A350 to Qatar airways," Fabrice Brégier told CNBC at the Dubai Airshow.
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"However, globally the situation is extremely good. The airlines have never been so profitable. And as of today I think we have 899 firm orders in the backlog for this year," he said.
Two years ago both Boeing and Airbus both clocked up record orders at Dubai after the show's order tally broke records, surpassing $160 billion.