Dubai: Largest ever Dubai Airshow Barometer for huge Mid-East aviation growth, says HH Sheikh Ahmed

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The 10th edition of the Dubai Airshow, which is completely sold out, has smashed all the international event’s previous records of size, exhibitor and aircraft numbers and aircraft displayed as it readies for its final showing at the Airport Expo Dubai next week and prepares for its 2009 move to a new, purpose-built facility at Dubai World Central, the huge urban aviation community being built in Jebel Ali, 30 kilometres north of Dubai city centre.

With 850 exhibitors from 50 countries – a 40% increase on 2005 participation – and covering more than 35,000 square metres, with more than 140 aircraft on display, Dubai Airshow 2007, which runs from November 11-15, has resoundingly stamped its authority on the international aviation arena and secured its mantle as the world’s third largest global aerospace event after Le Bourget in Paris and Farnborough in the UK.

F&E says the geographic appeal of the Dubai Airshow is now spreading, resulting in huge demand from new-to-market exhibitors. “This year we have some 130 newcomers from 24 countries – which accounts for more than 10% of the overall exhibitor profile,” explained Alison Weller, Director – Aerospace, F&E. “If past experience is anything to go by, these newcomers will achieve considerable business results which will lead them to want to expand their space next time around.” This year’s show has also first-time representation from five countries – the Cayman Islands, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Luxembourg.

…Dubai Airshow 2007’s expansive aircraft fleet also encompasses a number of new-to-market models ranging from strike fighters to trainers, from VIP business jets to heavy cargo carriers and the latest in the very light jet (VLJ) range.his will include regional debuts from the Cirrus SR22 G3 – the world’s fastest-selling, single-engined, four-seater aircraft; the Eclipse 500, the VLJ forerunner; the Dassault Falcon 7X, the original ‘fly-by-wire’ long-range business jet; the Sino Swearingen SJ30, the world’s fastest, longest-range light jet and the MD 902 helicopter with its patented, state-of-the-art no-tail-rotor technology.

The Airbus A380 superjumbo will be back for the show’s daily flying display which will also see military giants fly including the Russian MIG 29 multi-role fighter aircraft, the block 60 Lockheed Martin F-16, one of the most popular attack aircraft in its class, the USAF’s legendary fighter and the F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter attack. Three international aerobatics team will also feature in the daily flying display. These are Britain’s Red Arrows flying the BAE Hawk, the Patrouille de France in the Dassault/Dornier AlphaJet and Spain’s Patrulla Aguila, which is making its Arabian Gulf debut in the Casa C-101 Aviojet.


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