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Aviation event surpasses expectations

posted on 07/11/2001: 1916 views

Over 10,000 visitors from more than 60 countries visited the Dubai air show in its first two days, the organisers revealed. "In addition, during Sunday and Monday, we received 151 official delegations from 52 countries, 70 of which were civil aviation focussed," said Virginia Kern, chairman, Fairs and Exhibitions.

The show, which features 450 companies from 33 countries and 10 national pavilions, is getting international media coverage from a 590 strong press corp. from 36 countries. The show, the first of four major international aviation exhibitions coming up after September 11, has been hailed by analysts.

The editor-in-chief of Russia's news agency Itar Tass, Dr. Nicolay Novichkov, praised the show's organisation. "Dubai seems to be the place that will boost this region's civil and military aviation industry, not just for the Gulf but for North Africa and other neighbouring countries. International Inflight Magazine also underscored the show's business importance. "The Dubai air show is a must for anyone who wants to really understand and measure the development of aviation in the Middle East," said Andrew Drwiega, editor.

Over 50 aircraft are on display at the show and 13 are taking part in the daily flying display along with aerobatic teams from the UK, France and Italy. "I was very impressed with the static display, the turnout and the effort everyone has put into making it an excellent show. I can't wait for 2003," said John Morris, publisher, Aviation Week Show News.

On the third day of the show, Abu Dhabi's Khalifa bin Zayed Air College and the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training of the Higher Colleges of Technology have signed up to provide training programmes at Al Ain Air Force cadet facility. Under the Dh6.5 million agreement, the two will collaborate on delivery of specialised aeronautical-related instruction programmes.

Meanwhile, Sicma Aero Seat of France, an aircraft seat manufacturer, has opened a support facility at Jebel Ali Free Zone. The Zodiac Group subsidiary, the world's seventh largest aviation component manufacturer, disclosed news of the $1 million facility at the show - where it is displaying its new first-class Majesty concept seat. "Emirates is the prime client and we have recently clinched a multi-million dollar deal with them to supply 5,000 seat backs for its A340-500 and B777 aircraft." (The Gulf News)


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