Dubai 2011 Set To Open with More Exhibitors, Visitors
The 2011 Dubai Air Show, which opens on Sunday, is set to trump the 2009 event, with anticipated visitor numbers for the trade-only event expected to be 4 percent higher at just over 55,000. All of the major business aircraft manufacturers, including Gulfstream and Bombardier, will be among the 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries, including first-time participation by aerospace firms from Ethiopia, as well as the Australian and Japanese industries, which are returning to the show after a break of several years. Among the 67 aircraft due to be displayed in Dubai is Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner, which will make its Middle Eastern debut at the show. The 60-seat MA-600 regional airliner from Aviation Industries of China will also be making its first appearance outside the People’s Republic. A new UAE-based company, Quest Helicopters, will reveal an all-new civil helicopter design on the first day of the Dubai show. Meanwhile, UK-based HyperMach will divulge more information at the show about its plans for a supersonic business jet that would be able to fly from New York to Dubai in 2 hours, 20 minutes. The AIN team is now on site gathering news. If you’re attending the show, be sure to pick up a copy of AIN’s Dubai Airshow News on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. And AIN’s online news coverage of Dubai 2011 begins Saturday morning on AINonline.