The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Sakhir Airbase is set to host its second Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) early next year (Jan. 19-21, 2012). As of press time, the event was almost completely sold out in terms of exhibit space with just one remaining chalet unit available.
The show is purposely restricted to just 40 exhibiting firms, each of which occupies a VIP chalet with immediate access to its own static display area. It also presents a daily flying display.
BIAS 2012 will feature a new VIP gala dinner, hosted by HH Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is chairman of the show’s new sponsor, Batelco, a Bahrain-based provider of integrated communications. Among the companies confirmed as exhibitors for the 2012 show are: Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Cessna, Bombardier, General Electric and Sikorsky. Other sponsors include BMW, Gulf Air and fuel group GPIC.
“There are still opportunities to take part in the show in terms of sponsorship and corporate hospitality and I would urge interested parties to contact us as soon as possible,” said Amanda Stainer, events and exhibitions director of show organizer FIL. The UK-based company organizes the biennial Farnborough International airshow and promotes BIAS in partnership with Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs.