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ExecuJet’s Riyadh FBO celebrates successful first year

ExecuJet’s Riyadh FBO celebrates successful first year

417ExecuJet Aviation Group is celebrating a successful first year for its fixed base operation (FBO) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, run in partnership with leading Saudi business aviation group NasJet.

The year has seen ExecuJet and NasJet achieve high customer satisfaction levels for their FBO services at King Khalid International Airport’s general aviation terminal, with 100% customer retention and a faultless safety record. New services introduced in the year include professional aircraft washing for narrow-body aircraft and a ‘customer guarantee’, under which basic handling charges would be refunded to customers not completely satisfied with their service.

NasJet CEO Saad Alazwari said: “The combined dynamics of local knowledge and international expertise has significantly lifted the user experience to set a new benchmark for FBOs in Saudi Arabia.”

Mark Hardman, Operations Director, ExecuJet Middle East, says: “Saudi Arabia is one of the Middle East’s busiest and most demanding business aviation markets. Customers in Riyadh are experienced and discerning, so the excellent feedback they have given is testament to the success of our close partnership with NasJet. The number of movements we’ve recorded in Riyadh this year is ahead of forecast, which gives us great confidence for the future and we expect our FBO movements to increase by 30-40% in 2015.

Serving customers at the Royal Terminal in Riyadh

Hardman added: “The next exciting step in Riyadh will be the imminent launch of our FBO services at the Royal Terminal, serving heads of state, Royalty and other VIP traffic. This operation, which benefits from the combined VIP expertise of ExecuJet and NasJet, will set new service standards in the region.”

ExecuJet is exhibiting at the 2014 Middle East Business Aviation show (MEBA) in Dubai from 
8-10 December (stand # 575).

Photo Caption: Saad Alazwari, NasJet CEO, Mike Berry, Managing Director and Hadi Mouawad Executive Director.

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Distinguished speakers announced for fourth annual Arab Aviation and Media Summit

Distinguished speakers announced for fourth annual Arab Aviation and Media Summit

451The 2014 Arab Aviation and Media Summit (“AAMS”), the Arab world’s leading aviation and tourism event, today announced an array of high-level speakers for its fourth edition, which will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah on September 24th, 2014 at the Hamra Convention Center in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

With the theme for this year’s summit focused on Aviation and Tourism: Common Vision and Purpose - local and regional industry experts and media will discuss the symbiotic relationship between tourism and aviation as well as its impact on the social and economic growth of the Arab world.

Guest speakers include His Excellency Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman - Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ras Al Khaimah; Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General - Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO); Laila Ali Bin Hareb Al Muhari, Asisstant Director General – General Strategy & International Affairs, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority; Fouad Attar, Managing Director, Airbus Middle East; Paul-Frank Bijou, CEO – Airbus Prosky; Steven Rice, CEO - RAK Tourism & Development Authority; Adel A. Ali, Group CEO - Air Arabia; Hussein Dabbas, Regional Vice President – International Air Transport Association (IATA), Ivan Jakovljevic, Head of Travel - Google and many other industry experts.

Now in its fourth year, the AAMS is proud to welcome back long-term associates such as, Airbus Group, Air Arabia, CFM, IATA, and AACO in addition to many other participants from the media world; this year’s edition is held in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA).

Commenting on the events, Steven Rice, CEO - RAK Tourism & Development Authority said: “We are delighted to welcome such an esteemed band of distinguished speakers from across the aviation and tourism spectrum to Ras Al Khaimah for the fourth annual Arab Aviation and Media Summit. All are true experts in their chosen fields and will provide a stimulating discussion on the link between aviation and tourism which I’m sure all attendees will find engaging and informative.”

Adel A. Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia said: “In the GCC and wider Arab World, there is strong potential for consistent growth in both the aviation and tourism sectors which will bring employment opportunities and encourage investment into the region. The discussion at the fourth Arab Aviation and Media Summit will provide insight as to how future opportunities in the region can be captured which have the potential to provide widespread benefits across the Arab world.”

Fouad Attar, Managing Director, Airbus Middle East said “The Middle East’s passenger traffic is expected to grow by 7.1 per cent annually, and it has become more critical than ever to discuss the most important commercial aviation-related issues and drive a source of innovative solutions. The Arab Aviation & Media Summit is a unique platform where constructive dialogue between various industry peers is built around discussing the future of aviation from both local and global perspectives. We look forward to show-casing Airbus’s latest innovations and initiatives at this year’s summit”.

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Airbus launches the A330neo

Airbus launches the A330neo

4109Following a decision by the Board of Directors of the Group, Airbus has launched the 
A330-800neo and A330-900neo, two new members of its Widebody Family, which will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family. Deliveries of the A330neo will start in Q4 2017.

“The A330 is a very important margin contributor for our Group. It’s also one of the most reliable and efficient commercial aircraft ever. Customers love it. With our decision to re-engine the plane, we will keep the A330 flying high for many more years to come. The development costs for the A330neo will be incurred from 2015 to 2017 with an impact of around -70 basis points on Airbus Group’s 2015 Return on Sales target. However, we have a very good business case and the A330neo, once in service, will continue to significantly contribute to our group’s earnings,” said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group.

“The A330neo is the logical evolution of our reliable and versatile A330 Family. It provides an optimal solution for airlines around the world looking to minimise their fuel and operating costs while offering best-in-class comfort to their passengers,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “We see strong market potential for the A330neo, and like its market-leading smaller sister, the A320neo, we are confident this new aircraft will be a success in the medium-haul segment. We are again leveraging a proven aircraft with a wide operator base and making it even more efficient with the latest innovations and technology developments.”

In addition to the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo will feature incremental innovations, including aerodynamic enhancements such as new A350 XWB inspired winglets, an increased wing span and new engine pylons. Pilots will benefit from latest generation cockpit systems, and the already very comfortable A330 cabin will be further optimised to offer up to ten additional 18 inch wide seats. Passengers are winners too, as they will be able to enjoy a 21st century on-board experience with for example, fourth generation In Flight Entertainment (3D films), mood-lighting and full connectivity.

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4227Copenhagen Airport has given Google Glass the “thumbs up” following a successful trial by its passenger services team. Working with SITA Lab, the technology research group at SITA, Copenhagen Airport is the first airport in the world to trial Google Glass. Results from both passengers and the airport service team have been positive, with the innovative technology enabling superior passenger service.

Marie-Louise Lotz, Director Customer Care, Copenhagen Airport, said: “The feedback from our passengers and service team has been overwhelmingly positive. We found Google Glass very easy to use and more user-friendly than other devices such as tablets. We can reduce the amount of paper our Duty Managers need to carry to give great customer service, such as duty rosters, desk allocation sheets, peak prognosis, passenger numbers and cruise arrivals. And because the devices are hands-free, our managers are not focusing on a screen and can engage better with our passengers.”

The team also noted that having access to services like Google Translate and gate, baggage or flight information would help them improve the dialogue with passengers. Sharing information with other colleagues on duty by using the camera for documentation purposes and publishing photos on a closed work forum promotes instant interaction between Duty Managers.

Speaking at the Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels, Jim Peters, Chief Technology Officer, SITA, said: “SITA has led the way with airlines and airports in the trials of wearable technology, including Google Glass. The killer benefit is that this technology is hands-free and enables a new way of working. At Copenhagen Airport we have seen real benefits for both passengers and service staff. From an operational point of view, the ease of adoption and the user-friendliness of the Glass devices are great – it only takes a day for staff to familiarize themselves with the new equipment.”

There are, however, still some technical issues to iron out.

Peters commented: “The devices need improved scanning capability, battery life and reduced heating during operation. But the potential for widespread usage in the air transport industry is great. SITA will continue testing and researching the best ways for this innovative technology to be embraced by airports and airlines.”

When it comes to reactions from passengers, there were two main groups at Copenhagen. Younger people were excited and keen to see how they too could use the technology. In contrast, the older age group did not notice the devices and when the Glass was demonstrated to them they were pleasantly surprised by the added benefits the service team was able to deliver.

Christian Poulsen, CIO & VP Assets & Technology, Copenhagen Airport, said: “Copenhagen Airport is always looking for ways to use innovative technologies to make the visit to our airport the best possible experience for passengers. This pilot was very promising, and we are now investigating how we could efficiently introduce wearable technology to our passenger services team.”

Copenhagen Airport has a vision to make it the “The Gateway of Northern Europe,” and the team is focusing on extraordinary customer experiences, competitiveness and efficient operations. Embracing new technologies and innovation to have ground-breaking passenger services is part of this strategy. The Google Glass project builds on established services at the airport including common-use check-in, self-service bag drop and self-service boarding gates.

SITA, as the only IT provider completely dedicated to the air transport industry, is leading the innovation for wearable technology for airports and airlines. In 2013, its strategic technology research group, SITA Lab, began testing and comparing wearable technology devices and developing applications for airlines and airports. A paper outlining its findings for the industry is available here. Earlier this year, SITA Lab received a Smart Technology Award from The Wearables 2014, the leading awards for wearable technology. This recognized the pioneering pilot, which tested how Google Glass and Sony Smartwatches could enhance the passenger experience with an airline.

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Airbus launches the fourth edition of its Fly Your Ideas challenge

Airbus launches the fourth edition of its Fly Your Ideas challenge

4187Airbus is challenging the next generation of students to stretch their imagination and to re-invent the norms associated with air travel today by launching the fourth edition of its Fly Your Ideas Challenge.

Fly Your Ideas is a biennial, global competition granted UNESCO patronage in 2012. The challenge offers students a unique opportunity to put their classroom learning and research to the test, by working with a team of aviation professionals on real-world challenges, going beyond the aircraft itself. It offers students a chance to apply their creativity in an exceptional learning environment that will equip them in a highly competitive job market. The competition is open to students of all nationalities and all disciplines – from engineering to marketing; science to design.

Speaking at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics in Atlanta, Georgia, USA today, Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, said: “Innovation is at the heart of Airbus. A strong pioneering spirit has made Airbus a leading aircraft manufacturer. Airbus people are driven by a restless desire to find better ways of flying, and this year’s Fly Your Ideas challenge is about delivering just that. Any student with a vision and drive to make their world a better place is invited to enter the competition. We know how to put innovation to work and we will take your ideas seriously.”

The 2014 launch follows the success of Fly Your Ideas’ previous editions which altogether drew entries from more than 11,000 students representing over 600 universities and some 100 countries. The winner from last year, Team Levar, is a group of five design students from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who created an innovative air hockey table inspired air cushion solution for loading and unloading luggage which could reduce the workload of airport baggage handlers.

Registration for Fly Your Ideas 2015 opens in June 2014 and ideas can be submitted from this September. Students must register as team of three to five members at The winning team will receive €30,000 (approx. US$40,000) and have the chance to work with Airbus innovators to develop their ideas further.

With some 500 patents filed every year and partnerships with prestigious universities around the world, Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer and a global innovation catalyst. Airbus believes that an open mind set and collaboration drives greater innovation, which is key to ensuring business performance and securing a bright future for air travel.

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Abu Dhabi Airports to co-host 134th IATA Slots conference

Abu Dhabi Airports to co-host 134th IATA Slots conference

4131Abu Dhabi Airports, along with Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, and Etihad Airways will host 1000 delegates from over 200 airlines and airports at this year’s 134th IATA Slots Conference taking place from the 10th – 12th June at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The IATA Slots Conference - a voluntary assembly of IATA and non-IATA airlines - is one of the largest gatherings in the International Airport Transport Association’s (IATA) calendar. The goal of the conference is for airlines and airports to secure the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers.

As one of IATA’s largest events, representatives of over 60 schedules-facilitated or fully coordinated airports convene at this semi-annual meeting to secure their slots for the following year. As Abu Dhabi prepares to welcome the delegates, the hosts have estimated the conference will deliver a direct economic impact of AED4.8 million (US $1.3 million) to the emirate.

H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is honored to co-host this conference which brings together major regional and international aviation industry players. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the investment in and progress towards Abu Dhabi’s aviation infrastructure. In fact, guests at our conference will fly over the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Airports’ multibillion-dollar investment program - the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) - which will open in July 2017 providing a full terminal building, passenger and cargo facilities, and world class duty-free shops and restaurants. The terminal will have capacity to handle 30 million passengers per year, and up to 8,500 passengers per hour.”

H.E. added: “Abu Dhabi is a natural location for large-scale events such as this. A true destination of distinction, the emirate is developing at a significant rate providing a stable, safe environment with a unique mix of local heritage and international influences. In Addition, with Abu Dhabi International Airport registering double digit growth in passenger numbers year-on-year, there is a clear need for a world-class aviation hub here in the capital to meet this demand. “

Abu Dhabi Airports tonight will host a glittering gala dinner during the conference, with a variety of locally-grown entertainment on offer to delight guests, giving them a unique Emirati experience. A three day Airport Slots & Scheduling Training Course was offered prior to the start of the conference.

Peter Stanton, Head of Worldwide Airport Slots, IATA, said: “IATA is delighted to be bringing the 134th IATA Slots Conference to the Middle East and in particular to Abu Dhabi for the first time in its 65 year history. Abu Dhabi Airports has been absolutely instrumental in bidding for the conference and we are extremely grateful for their generous support and sponsorship of the Gala dinner which I’m sure all delegates found memorable.”

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Qatar Airways introduces mobile technology for pilots

Qatar Airways introduces mobile technology for pilots

424Qatar Airways has started the roll out of QLOUD, an internally developed mobility application for iPads, which will provide real-time and decision-relevant information to the airline’s pilots. More than 500 pilots have already embraced the new technology, with 500 more set to begin using QLOUD over the next few weeks. All of Qatar Airways’ 2500 pilots are expected to use the QLOUD system by September this year.

Qatar Airways has been innovatively using mobility technology in its various business functions for more than three years, ensuring that its workforce, whether on the ground or in air, are able to retrieve decision-relevant information in real time and, in turn, improve operational efficiency and enhance customer service.

QLOUD allows pilots to check-in for duty and retrieve important pre-flight information, such as their schedules, flight plans, maps, weather information, details of the crew they are flying with, hotel and destination information and dispatch briefs. This information can be accessed at a time and place of their convenience ahead of departure.

Qatar Airways’ CEO, Akbar Al Baker, says: “We are continually investing in mobile technology as a means to provide our workforce with real-time information, when required. Qatar Airways has always been, and continues to be, at the forefront of implementing technology for the purposes of increasing workforce productivity and efficiency, as well as enhancing customer service. We have already rolled out an internally developed iPad-based mobility application, called QRUISE, for our cabin crew that has been extremely successful.”

QLOUD also provides pilots with easy access to operational documentation. Hard copies of flight operational manuals and regulatory documentation, which can easily run into thousands of pages, will become obsolete, as soft copies will be made available through apps. Updates to these documents will be completed automatically by distributing relevant operational manuals and updates to all of the pilots through QLOUD programming, which includes acknowledgments of receipt from them. In addition, all paper-based forms, which were being filled out manually by pilots, have been replaced with electronic forms.

QLOUD also aids pilots in scheduling their training sessions, keeping track of their certifications and fully supports e-learning. The platform provides easy access to all corporate applications required by pilots, including emails, thereby offering everything that the crew community needs on a single device.

With aviation authorities approving iPads for use in aircraft decks, Qatar Airways intends to enhance QLOUD to supplement and support the on-board electronic flight bag technology.

Over the next few months, the airline’s network will add more destinations, including Philadelphia, USA (April 2), Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29), Istanbul, Turkey (May 22), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28), Miami, USA (June 10), Haneda, Japan (June 18) and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1).

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Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines to expand codeshare agreement

Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines to expand codeshare agreement

4118Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines have agreed a major expansion of codeshare ties, covering destinations beyond both Istanbul and Singapore.

The Star Alliance partners have been codesharing on each other’s flights on the route Istanbul-Singapore-and vice versa since February 2009. Singapore Airlines currently operates four weekly flights on the mentioned route, increasing frequency on a seasonal basis to six times per week to meet growth in demand, effective from 30 May 2014.

On the other hand, Turkish Airlines operates seven weekly flights between Istanbul-Singapore and vice versa which is one of the strategic gateways in line with its development plans to South East Asia and Southwest Pacific.

Under the expansion of the agreement, Singapore Airlines will add its ‘SQ’ designator code to Turkish Airlines-operated flights beyond Istanbul to destinations within Turkey, as well as to points in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America, benefiting from the global network of Turkish Airlines.

On a reciprocal basis, Turkish Airlines will add its ‘TK’ designator code to Singapore Airlines-operated flights beyond Singapore to points in South East Asia and the Southwest Pacific benefiting from the global network of Singapore Airlines.

The expanded codeshare ties are expected to take effect from 1 May 2014, subject to regulatory approvals.

“This significant expansion of our partnership with Turkish Airlines, together with our increase in frequency to Istanbul, is in line with ongoing efforts to expand our network reach and to offer customers more travel options. This partnership is another example of how we can jointly do more together than we could each do on our own,” said Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah.

“We are glad to expand the current codeshare agreement with Singapore Airlines, a recognised member of Star Alliance. This expansion will serve as an example of Turkish Airlines’ target to maximise the travel opportunities offered to passengers through the extensive networks of both airlines. Turkish Airlines having placed an order of wide body aircrafts considering the crucial importance of the Asian market is highly appreciating its partnership with Singapore Airlines on a win-win basis since Singapore is a strategic market in Asia. With this cooperation we will have the opportunity to transfer our passengers to destinations in Australia, New Zeeland and South East Asia via Singapore by connecting our networks.  Reciprocally, Singapore Airlines will have the increased chance to transfer its passengers to Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America via our hub in Istanbul. ” said Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines Chief Investment and Technology Officer.

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The Middle East to get its first wide-bodied VVIP Aircraft Completion Center at Dubai World Central

The Middle East to get its first wide-bodied VVIP Aircraft Completion Center at Dubai World Central

4215Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced that it has signed a new deal with Falcon Aviation Services, the Abu Dhabi-based VVIP jet and helicopter service provider, to open the first VVIP aircraft completion centre in the Middle East at the Aviation District in Dubai World Central, which will have a new wide body Code F hangar which can handle a Boeing 747-800 aircraft and bigger, including a Head of State aircraft. The agreement was signed by Rashed Bu Qara’a, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Captain Mahmoud Ismael, Chief Operating Officer of Falcon Aviation Services, in the presence of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of the emirate of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Falcon Aviation Services, during a signing ceremony that took place at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014, which is taking place from February 25 to 27, 2014.

Falcon Aviation Services already operates an aircraft maintenance, management, MRO and service center at Al Bateen Executive Airport, the premier VIP airport in Abu Dhabi. It operates a part of 145 maintenance facility with GCAA and EASA approvals providing in-house and third party maintenance. Falcon Aviation Services is also an approved CAMO organization and provides customized aircraft management agreements tailored to customer requirements. The new facility at DWC, offering enhanced and customized services to its VVIP customers, could begin construction by the summer and be completed by the end of 2015.

Rashed Bu Qara’a, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: “The agreement with Falcon Aviation Services conforms with the vision of the Dubai Government to build world-class facilities that can cater to the growing demand of the regional aviation sector,. The Middle East has the largest concentration of high net worth individuals with a growing demand for VVIP aircrafts in the world. Companies operating from the Aviation District will also have a distinct advantage of being in close proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA). The opening of Falcon’s facility at DWC will enable us to offer more efficient and bespoke services to our elite customers. The Aviation District is an integrated platform supported by world class infrastructure to provide excellent support for general aviation, aircraft manufacturing component fabrication, MROs, training, and other aviation-related businesses.”

“We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Dubai World Central for the establishment of our world-class VVIP aircraft completion center in the Middle East. We share many common aspirations with DWC and to harness the growing potential of the regional aviation sector is one of them. This will also enable us to position the UAE’s aerospace industry on the forefront of the global map. We look forward to working in close association with DWC that will be mutually beneficial for both Falcon Aviation Services as well as DWC,” concluded Captain Mahmoud Ismael, COO of Falcon Aviation Services.

Formed in 2006 under the initiatives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Falcon Aviation Services has filled the gaps in the aviation sector by providing innovative products and services. It is also an approved Embraer and Eurocopter service center. Falcon Aviation Service operates a fleet of VVIP jet aircrafts along with Bell 412 Helicopters, serving the offshore oil & gas sector. It also provides VIP helicopter charters and tours within the UAE.

DWC is a strategic initiative of the Government of Dubai and is managed by Dubai Aviation City Corporation. Spanning over 140 square kilometers, DWC is the world’s first purpose-built airport city with integrated industry, residential and leisure clusters.  A dedicated Aviation District has been designed with both landside and airside access to the Al Maktoum International Airport to capitalize on the opportunities. DWC is committed to creating a viable aviation industry cluster and encouraging the development of Fixed Base Operators (FBO’s), Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Companies (MRO’s), manufacturers, education institutions, consulting and other aviation-related businesses to service and meet the growing demands of the region

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After Dubai’s ‘historic’ airshow, this one has a lot to match up to: Abu Dhabi Air Expo kicks off

After Dubai’s ‘historic’ airshow, this one has a lot to match up to: Abu Dhabi Air Expo kicks off

543“Aviation is part of the several sectors and Abu Dhabi is looking at to boost the sector in line with its Abu Dhabi 2030 plan,” said Ali Majid Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of expo.

Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014 kicked off in the capital to reinforce the emirate’s ambitions in the general aviation.

“Aviation is part of the several sectors and Abu Dhabi is looking at to boost the sector in line with its Abu Dhabi 2030 plan,” said Ali Majid Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of expo.He said Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a regional leader in the aviation industry.

“The show helps to significantly boost the footprint of general aviation industry in Abu Dhabi, which forms part of an ongoing effort to support the development of new business sectors and diversify the Emirates’ economy,” Al Mansoori added.

Earlier, Shaikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and member of the Executive Council, opened the fastest-growing general aviation exhibition in the region. He toured the exhibition to view the latest trends and innovations in the general aviation industry.

The show is taking place at Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi’s dedicated business aviation airport, and will conclude tomorrow.

The airport welcomed nearly 5,138 aircraft in 2013 and recorded approximately 1,295 visiting aircraft using the airport last year. Running alongside the three-day show is a unique art exhibition by artist Shaikha Al Yazia bint Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan that features paper planes installation from her Spontaneity Series art collection.

“The private aviation market is witnessing tremendous growth in Abu Dhabi and the wider region, and the numbers speak for themselves. The companies participating at the show stand to gain a unique vantage point to reach out to vibrant markets across the GCC region, including the Middle East, North Africa and South and East Asia region,” Al Mansoori added.

The show has attracted more international and local exhibitors’ participation than ever before with over 170 companies showcasing latest innovations and development in the aviation sector.The show has grown 30 per cent this year in terms of size and more than 17,000 visitors are expected to cruise the aisles looking at more than 80,000sqm of the latest in general aviation technology.

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