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.
The first show, held this January, drew 40 exhibitors, 94 aircraft and more than 5,000 trade visitors. The event is focused on ensuring that exhibitors have access to the highest level of decision makers from prospective buyers in the Middle East. More than 20 official delegations from about 25 countries attended.
Exhibitors operated from VIP chalets and could park their aircraft directly in front them. This year’s show featured a three-hour flying display, which included two unmanned air vehicles. Demonstration flights were also conducted from the purpose-built show site at Sakhir air base, home of the Bahrain royal flight department.
The 2010 show generated approximately $1 billion worth of newly announced business, including a deal for 10 Airbus A320s for flagcarrier Yemenia, nine Sikorsky Black Hawk military helicopters ordered by Bahrain, a lease signed by Gulf Air for a pair of Embraer 170 jetliners and a contract for Selex to provide Bahrain International Airport with a primary surveillance radar and two mode-S secondary surveillance radars.
Farnborough International chief executive Shaun Ormrod said the organizers will be making improvements for the next Bahrain show, including a larger flying display and more structured visits by official delegations. The 2012 show will benefit from being timed to have almost a full month’s gap between it and the Singapore Airshow, which is scheduled for Feb. 14 to 19, 2012.