Dubai Airshow gets ready for takeoff


By Muzaffar Rizvi

The dubai airshow is all set for a roaring start today at a new purpose-built site at Dubai World Central, or DWC, which last month saw the grand opening of Al Maktoum International Airport for passenger service.

The region’s premier biennial aviation show, which is ranked third in terms of size after Paris and Farnborough, is expected to outshine the past events with record deals, more trade visitors and exhibitors from around the world.

F&E Aerospace, the event organiser, is expecting up to 60,000 trade visitors, around 1,000 exhibitors and about 1,500 international and local media to throng the new site during the next five days. It said that the 645,000sqm exhibition space for 13th edition of the show is more than double the size of its former site at Airport Expo.

The air show, which first launched in 1989, has become pivotal for plane manufacturers, engines and support equipment makers. The event, which will display 150 aircraft including 50 business jets, is expected to generate more than $125 billion in sales of new airplanes, engines and support equipment for key international and regional airlines. The previous edition in 2011 had recorded more than $63 billion in orders. More info