The global commercial subsector grew at 2.7 per cent last year to touch $8.4bn. Pascal Rossignol / Reuters
The global commercial subsector grew at 2.7 per cent last year to touch $8.4bn. Pascal Rossignol / Reuters

Commercial aircraft orders in the pipeline



Orders for commercial aircraft are expected to continue this year as global aerospace and defence companies look to invest in innovation to counter competition, according to a Deloitte report.

Overall, the global aerospace and defence (A&D) sector revenues grew by 2.4 per cent over 2015 to reach US$674.4 billion last year, according to Deloitte’s Global Aerospace and Defence Financial Performance Study released yesterday.

Of that amount, the companies analysed added $15.7bn in revenues, with growth primarily driven by the European commercial and US defence subsectors. The report analysed top 100 global A&D companies, such as Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin.

While the global defence subsector was still larger than the commercial aerospace subsector in terms of revenues, the latter outstripped the defence subsector in terms of growth rate even as defence spending increased globally.

Revenue from the defence subsector grew by 2.1 per cent last year over 2015 to $351.3bn, led by the US. Global growth in the defence and commercial aerospace subsectors could augur well for the UAE.

“In the UAE, the air traffic growth is expected to continue [fuelled by economic growth in China and India] and expansion of Emirates and Etihad, driving the growth of the UAE aviation sector,” said Rashid Bashir, the partner and public sector leader at Deloitte, Middle East. “In the defence space, given the security situation and the challenges, the government is expected to keep on spending.”

That could translate into more commercial aircraft orders from the UAE airlines and defence spending from the UAE, Mr Bashir said.

Mubadala’s Strata, which manufactures parts for European and US aerospace companies such as Boeing, Airbus, Leonardo, Facc Austria, Sabca Belgium and Sweden’s Saab, expects to expand its Al Ain plant this year and create about 500 jobs.

“The continued growth in air travel demand and the huge airplane backlogs already means that [the global aerospace companies would] continue to expand their portfolio and work capability,” said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at the London-based StrategicAero Research. “And that in turn means more UAE aerospace jobs.”

The global commercial subsector grew at 2.7 per cent last year to touch $8.4bn.

The growth rate was, however, down from 6.3 per cent in 2015 over 2014. The commercial aircraft backlog was at a record high last year at 13,687 aircraft.

Commercial aircraft deliveries grew in Europe at 8.3 per cent in 2016 over 2015. In the US it reported a decline of 1.8 per cent over 2015. The US commercial aircraft subsector delivered 1,436 aircraft globally.

In the past decade, the UAE airlines bought more aircraft in dollar value than any other region.

The five-day Dubai Air Show from November 12 could involve more orders from UAE airlines, said Mr Ahmad. “The Dubai Air Show could certainly see Emirates buy the likes of the 787 family to help grow its fleet where [Boeing] 777s and [Airbus] A380s are too big,” he said. “We’ll see Air Arabia look towards a major order to replace its ageing A320 fleet, having lost its performance edge to flydubai, who will induct their first fuel-efficient 737 MAX 8 later this year.”

Globally, about 35,000 aircraft will be delivered between 2016 and 2035, according to the Deloitte report.

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School counsellors on mental well-being

Schools counsellors in Abu Dhabi have put a number of provisions in place to help support pupils returning to the classroom next week.

Many children will resume in-person lessons for the first time in 10 months and parents previously raised concerns about the long-term effects of distance learning.

Schools leaders and counsellors said extra support will be offered to anyone that needs it. Additionally, heads of years will be on hand to offer advice or coping mechanisms to ease any concerns.

“Anxiety this time round has really spiralled, more so than from the first lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic,” said Priya Mitchell, counsellor at The British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi.

“Some have got used to being at home don’t want to go back, while others are desperate to get back.

“We have seen an increase in depressive symptoms, especially with older pupils, and self-harm is starting younger.

“It is worrying and has taught us how important it is that we prioritise mental well-being.”

Ms Mitchell said she was liaising more with heads of year so they can support and offer advice to pupils if the demand is there.

The school will also carry out mental well-being checks so they can pick up on any behavioural patterns and put interventions in place to help pupils.

At Raha International School, the well-being team has provided parents with assessment surveys to see how they can support students at home to transition back to school.

“They have created a Well-being Resource Bank that parents have access to on information on various domains of mental health for students and families,” a team member said.

“Our pastoral team have been working with students to help ease the transition and reduce anxiety that [pupils] may experience after some have been nearly a year off campus.

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It’ll be summer in the city as car show tries to move with the times

If 2008 was the year that rocked Detroit, 2019 will be when Motor City gives its annual car extravaganza a revamp that aims to move with the times.

A major change is that this week's North American International Auto Show will be the last to be held in January, after which the event will switch to June.

The new date, organisers said, will allow exhibitors to move vehicles and activities outside the Cobo Center's halls and into other city venues, unencumbered by cold January weather, exemplified this week by snow and ice.

In a market in which trends can easily be outpaced beyond one event, the need to do so was probably exacerbated by the decision of Germany's big three carmakers – BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi – to skip the auto show this year.

The show has long allowed car enthusiasts to sit behind the wheel of the latest models at the start of the calendar year but a more fluid car market in an online world has made sales less seasonal.

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Although sparkly announcers clasp iPads and outline the technical gadgetry hidden beneath bonnets, people's obsession with their own smartphones often appeared to offer a more tempting distraction.

“It's maddening,” said one such worker at Nissan's stand.

The absence of some pizzazz, as well as top marques, was also noted by patrons.

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