Organizers expect the 2011 Dubai Air Show to trump the 2009 event in terms of visitors by 4 percent, at just over 55,000. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries have booked space for the November 13 to 17 show at Dubai Airport Expo, including first-time participants from Ethiopia, as well as companies from Australia and Japan after a break of several years. First-time exhibitors will account for about 20 percent of bookings for this year’s Dubai show.
Among the 67 aircraft scheduled for display, Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner will make its Middle Eastern debut by appearing on the first four days of the show. Meanwhile, plans call for the 60-seat MA-600 regional turboprop from Aviation Industries of China to make its first appearance outside the People’s Republic.
Attendees can expect a strong patriotic flavor at Dubai 2011, as the event coincides with the 40th anniversary of the formation of the United Arab Emirates. Growing numbers of local firms plan to exhibit at the show, including a UAE company expected to launch a brand-new civil helicopter on the first day. Abu Dhabi-based aerospace group Mubadala will likely rank among the largest UAE exhibitors at this year’s show, as it highlights its growing involvement in maintenance, repair and overhaul, as well as also aerostructures manufacturing for Airbus.
Several airframers, including Boeing and Airbus, will hope to go home from Dubai with new business confirmed. Arabian Gulf carriers have continued to spend big in recent years, and both Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways are both strongly tipped to confirm more orders during the Dubai show. Several other local carriers, including low-cost operators FlyDubai, have booked press conference slots, which often indicates plans to sign aircraft contracts.
You can count on AIN to bring you all the top news from the 2011 Dubai Air Show. Next week’s Air Transport Perspective will come from Dubai on November 14, and you should also watch out for our AIN Dubai Reports e-newsletters. You can get all the show news any time you like at www.ainonline.com, and if you are in Dubai for the event be sure to pick up AIN’s Dubai Airshow News publication at the airshow site and all leading hotels in Dubai.