Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg
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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The exhaust outlet of an Embraer SA Legacy executive jet.

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

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