The 49th Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) will help mark a memorable summer in the UK next year as the eyes of the world focus on the biennial FIA ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2010, Farnborough attracted some 250,000 visitors over a period of seven days and hosted 1,455 exhibitors from 40 countries.
The Singapore Airshow (Chalet D54) is consistently among the world’s top three airshows and has aspirations of taking over the top spot in 2012. According to Angelica Lim, the Singapore show’s general aerospace and defense group manger, the 2012 event expects 259 delegations from more than 80 countries, more than 900 exhibitors and in excess of 53,000 paid visitors.
The biennial Dubai Airshow, to be held from November 13 to 17 at the Dubai Airport Expo, is expected to draw as many as 1,000 exhibitors from more than 50 countries and attract more than 55,000 trade visitors. At the 2009 event, business aircraft accounted for roughly a quarter of all the aircraft on display, and the organizers expect similar numbers this year, with business aircraft accounting for 40 of the expected 140 on static display.
Comlux Middle East is one of the latest companies to commit to participate in the Bahrain Airshow, scheduled for January 19 to 21 next year. At EBACE on May 17, Richard Gaona, president of Comlux The Aviation Group (Stand 142), announced the participation of subsidiary Comlux Middle East.
Business aviation companies have been among the first to sign up for a return to the new Bahrain International Airshow when the second biennial event is next staged Jan. 19-21, 2012. Among the bizav exhibitors at the show will be TAG Aeronautics, MENA Aerospace and local aircraft charter and management firms Bexair and Cessna.
The wider world aerospace industry will be back here at the Dubai Airport Expo site for the 12th edition of the biennial Dubai Air Show next December 13 to 17. Companies wanting to exhibit at the 2011 show can lock into frozen 2009 prices if they make a booking before the end of this month.
This year’s Middle East Business Aviation show, to be held in Dubai December 7 to 9, is set to be the biggest event yet. According to Fairs & Exhibitions, the company that organizes the biennial event, the 2010 show will have about 40 percent more exhibitors than in 2008, with 350 companies booked. The number of trade visitors is expected to climb by around 27 percent to reach 7,000.
The success of the inaugural Bahrain International Airshow earlier this year paved the way for the announcement that the second biennial show will be held Jan. 19 to 21, 2012. The event is organized by Farnborough show organizer Farnborough International Ltd. in partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s department of Civil Aviation Affairs.
Paris Air Show commissioner Louis Le Portz wants nothing but the best for this week’s Farnborough International show, while predicting that next year’s Paris show will be as successful as its 2009 edition in terms of the number of exhibitors and country delegations expected. “Le Bourget and Farnborough are crucial for our profession; the industry needs us both,” he said.
Last February’s Singapore Airshow defied the economic downturn to draw 62 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies. The next event in 2012 has already sold 70 percent of its enlarged exhibit space and if you want to join those already booked you have until this Friday here at the Farnborough show (Chalet 31) to book space at special rates.