Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014 generates AED 5 billion in sales

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Airports reported today that the total value of sales at Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014 were in excess of AED 5 billion, 35 percent higher than the sales generated at last year’s exhibition. The successful show, held this February for its third year, also saw a 30 percent increase in attendance, with 16,900 visitors and 175 exhibitors from local, regional and international companies participating.

Various sales in general aviation were made at the show totalling in excess of AED 5 billion AED, and included 10 sales by Aeroprakt, the ultralight planes manufacturer, sale of 3 new SR22 Cirrus Aircraft with GCC specifications, more than 10 sales by AutoGyro, the German Gyro-Copter and sale of 3 aircraft (P2010 and P2008) by Tecnam.

In addition to the sales of aircraft and other related equipment, several other important commercial developments and announcements were made during the Air Expo which included the Gulf Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) entering into an open skies agreement with Hungary, Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) officially opening its newly constructed 106,000 square foot authorized Embraer Service Centre, making it one of the largest Executive Maintenance and Repair Operations (MROs) in the Middle East, FAS signing a letter of intent with Bombardier for the delivery of up to two C Series aircraft, Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based international luxury flight services company, announcing that the planning and development of its integrated base at Al Bateen Executive Airport is well underway with phase one completion targeted for Q4 2015, Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest helicopter operator in the Middle East, entering into a strategic partnership with Agusta Westland for the supply of helicopter spare parts and maintenance services and Abu Dhabi Aviation also announcing the delivery of the first AW139 simulator in the region, as well as the establishment of a specialised civilian helicopter training centre.

Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “Abu Dhabi Air Expo goes from strength to strength, with over 60 percent more visitors attending compared to the first exhibition two years ago. The show has thus rapidly established itself as the main industry event within the region in the global aviation calendar. We are delighted that so many exhibitors were able to showcase their products and services at such an iconic and high profile event.” “Abu Dhabi Air Expo’s status as the region’s only dedicated private airport is consistent with our broader objective to become a leading global transportation hub. The excellent progress we are making at the Midfield Terminal Complex dovetails perfectly with the growth of Abu Dhabi Air Expo and gives us great confidence for the future,” added Al Mansoori.