Dubai Airshow 2015: the event
Most of you may not know but the Dubai Airshow began in 1986 as Arab Air.
Since then the show has grown and evolved to become one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world.
The Air Show is a 5 days event, from 8th to 12th November, in which 65,000 visitors are expected and F22 fighter jet, B1 bomber and Eurofighter fly over the Emirati sky.
In 2013 the biggest show ever took place with 1,046 exhibitors from 60 countries, over 60,000 trade visitors, 1,735 international and regional media, and an order book of $206.1 billion – the largest in any air show history.
The 2015 edition is unlikely to meet the expectations because of the great deals made in the last one.
Still, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and group, signed a $16bn deal with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul – better known as MRO – of the GE9X engines on its Boeing 777X fleet over a period of 12 years. While that may seem like a lot of money, it is only reasonable given the Dubai-based carrier spent $76bn on 150 777X aircraft in 2013.
This year’s event has been largely a chance for Gulf carriers to showcase their new planes and for international businesses to meet potential aviation and aerospace clients in the region.
Dubai Airshow 2015: Italy took part with its ever-green aircraft
AleniaAermacchi is the Italian leader in aeronautics and among the world’s top players in aircraft systems.
The collective industrial heritage of these companies is summarized by the almost 30,000 airplanes built from 1913 to the present.
Its presence in the Dubai Air Show is not to take for granted. The Frecce Tricolori exhibition is one of the most tremendous exhibition of all time.
The Italian National Aerobatic Team better known as Frecce Tricolori has celebrated its 55th anniversary this year.
The MB-339, the aircraft’s sophisticated man-machine integration, has been used since 2010 by Al Fursan (The Knights), the United Arab Emirates’ aerobatics team.
Mauro Moretti, CEO of Finmeccanica said:
“Finmeccanica sees the UAE as a strategic partner to supply the best technological solutions for private customers and the Armed Forces. We are present in different areas within the aerospace, defence and security sectors, and we are developing high tech systems for the P1.HH, a drone with extremely good market prospects”.