This year's Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, to be held in Dubai from December 7 to 9, is set to be the biggest event yet. According to Fairs & Exhibitions, the company that organizes the biennial event, this year's show will have about 40 percent more exhibitors than in 2008, with 350 companies booked. The number of trade visitors is expected to climb to 7,000, an increase of about 27 percent.
The Middle East Aerospace Consortium (MEAC) has opened an Asia-Pacific office in Shanghai, China. Graham Brant, former CEO of Microsoft Hong Kong, will head up
the new office, which MEAC said will complement its existing presence in the United Arab Emirates, UK, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.
News from the international airshow circuit can be revealing and deceiving in equal measure. Two years ago, the 2007 Dubai Airshow generated a record-breaking $155 billion in orders. This year’s Dubai Airshow, held November 15 to 19, saw just $14 billion in new business announced.
Local low-fare airline Flydubai yesterday inked a pair of aircraft financing deals worth $160 million. Also here at the Dubai Airshow, it signed a contract with Goodrich to supply wheels and carbon brakes for its first 54 Boeing 737s.
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Empire Aviation Group (EAG) has announced plans for “Lifestyle@Empire,” an extension to the company’s luxury charter operations that will offer travel packages to exotic destinations and experiences. The first packages will focus on global sporting and themed events, providing travel, unique access to the events and other benefits.
The Royal Aeronautical Society is on a recruitment drive at the Dubai Airshow (Stand W144) looking to build on a membership base that already extends to a local branch here in the United Arab Emirates. The show also marks the swansong for the London-based organization’s chief executive, Keith Mans, who is about to retire and be replaced by former Messier-Dowty CEO Simon Luxmoore.
The 2009 Dubai Airshow will seek to buck the aerospace industry’s downward trend when it opens its doors this morning. But it seems highly unlikely that this will manifest itself in announcements of significant new aircraft orders, even though Middle East airlines are themselves outperforming the stagnant traffic levels in other parts of the world.
It is not too late to sign up to exhibit at next year’s Farnborough International airshow, but the remaining chalets and indoor exhibits are selling fast.
The organizers of this year’s Dubai Airshow (November 15 to 19) expect to break all existing exhibition space records with the addition of a fourth hall, sponsored and hosted by Dubai-based Emirates. The biennial airshow will feature a new Emirates Hall, which will cover 75,616 sq ft, including 53,820 sq ft for exhibition stands. The additions will raise the total airshow area to 3.5 million square feet.