Bahrain already gearing up for second show

 - December 7, 2010, 10:21 PM

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 show, which is organized jointly by Farnborough airshow organizer Farnborough International Ltd. (Booth No. E330) in partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain's department of Civil Aviation Affairs, was first held last January. It attracted 40 exhibitors, 94 aircraft and more than 5,000 trade visitors.

The event is focused on ensuring exhibitors have access to the highest level of decision makers from prospective buyers in the Middle East. There were more than 20 official delegations from about 25 countries at the first show.

Exhibitors operate from VIP chalets and are able to park their aircraft directly in front of them. The show includes a three-hour flying display, and demonstration flights also can be made from the purpose-built show site at Sakhir Air Base, home of the Bahrain royal flight departme