Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Flying in Style—or Perhaps for War—at the Dubai Air Show

The biennial Dubai Air Show now underway has it all - except the gigantic aircraft orders that manufacturers need to keep their assembly lines humming. So far it's seen just a fraction of the $179 billion haul that was landed two years ago. Planemakers and airlines signaled they expect relatively few further deals at the expo as the industry pauses to digest a record number of new planes. It's not all bad news: Boeing's order book will last eight years, while Airbus has about a decade of slots full. Photographs by Jasper Juinen for Bloomberg

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    The Al Fursan aerobatic display squad perform an aerial display on the opening day of the 14th Dubai Air Show.

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    Business jets are seen through the heads up display in the cockpit of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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    A Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet performs an aerial display.

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    A stairway leads up to the first class cabin inside a Qatar Airways Airbus A380-800.

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    A Qatar Airways crew member stands at the business class bar aboard an Airbus A380-800 .

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    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, center, tours the 14th Dubai Air Show at Dubai World Central on the opening day.

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    Members of the Frecce Tri Colori aerobatic display squad perform an aerial display.

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    Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker speaks during an interview aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, below right, exits following a tour of an Emirates Airbus A380-800 aircraft.

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    Instruments sit on the flight controls panel in the cockpit of a Qatar Airways Airbus A380-800.

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    Macarons adorn a dining table laid out in the cabin of a Dassault Aviation Falcon 7X business jet.

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    Luxury toiletries sit beside the sink in the washroom cabin of a Royal Jet Bombardier Global 5000 executive jet.

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    Military personnel show visitors around a Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopter on display.

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    The exhaust outlet of an Embraer SA Legacy executive jet.

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    Visitors inspect a Thrush S2R-T660 turboprop border patrol aircraft, outfitted by ArchAngel.

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    An employee cleans the fuselage of an Embraer Lineage 1000E executive jet.