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Exhibitors shower praise on organisers of 2003 airshow

posted on 09/12/2003: 1443 views

If there were awards for air shows then the organisers of Dubai 2003 would have to find extra room in their creaking trophy cabinets given the praise which continued to pour their way from visitors and exhibitors yesterday. First up was Harry Seeger, the executive director for marketing and support at Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (Ameco), Beijing. His enthusiasm had certainly not waned on the second day of the show.

He said: "We provide a full range of airframe, engine and component repairs and overhauls in our facilities in Beijing. Our hangar, the largest in Asia, holds up to four 747s at one time. Our company has become a premier maintenance base for international airlines. He has seen immediate benefits from his company's participation and told our roving reporter. "Dubai is a very important hub which serves Africa, Europe and everywhere else. That is why it was very important for us to come to Dubai. We get different customers who want to know what is the advantage of dealing with a Chinese company, and what we can offer them."

Plaudits too came from David Bath, at Augusta Westland. He said: "This region is a very important area of business for us. "We deal with all ranges of business opportunities in helicopters. If the client needs a helicopter, we supply them with exactly what they need. We have several customers in the region, and we want to get more".

Augusta Westland's annual sales in this region are about £120 million, and there is potential for even higher volumes. He said: "We have participated since the beginning. This is a very impressive show, and we have watched it grow year after year. It is the biggest show I have ever seen. The Dubai air show is a wonderful show, in a wonderful part of the world.

Paul Stefens, manager of Raytheon International said: "We are a leading provider of defence and commercial electronic systems established in the UK for nearly 40 years." In that time he has seen many shows but none better than the present one. "All the facilities here, from the show to the hotels to everything else, are very good." He insisted this is his preferred airshow as he gets to meet the people who matter in the business. He said: "Here we get to meet different publications in this region, as well as government and military officials. The contacts that lead to business are made at such shows within five to four days. "We can't organise meetings like this at any other time." (The Gulf News)


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