Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) confirmed that the total value of sales at Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013, the region’s only general aviation exhibition, reached in excess of Dhs3bn.
The successful show celebrating its second year, ran from March 5-7, also saw a 30% increase in attendance with 13,000 visitors and 160 local, regional and international corporate exhibitors and participants.
Several important contracts were announced during the Air Expo, including a seven year contract between ADAC and Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) to provide civil air navigation services at ADAC‘s five airports starting 1st May 2013. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between ADAC and Royal Jet, an Abu Dhabi-based international luxury flight services company chaired by H.E. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, which will facilitate the expansion of the airline’s operations into Al Bateen Executive Airport.
Other exhibitors also used the show as a platform to announce their latest innovations, agreements and ventures, with key signings including;
• FlightSafety International and GAL signing a deal associated with training
• SPA and Private Air signing a deal related to cabin excellence
Exhibitor satisfaction was clearly demonstrated with a 70% re-registration rate for next year’s event.
Members of the community were also given opportunities to engage with the busy Air Expo programme and ADAC welcomed hundreds of students from various colleges and institutions in Abu Dhabi to learn what the aviation industry has to offer the next generation.
Yousif Hassan Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Abu Dhabi Air Expo and Deputy General Manager, Al Bateen Executive Airport, said, “ADAC is delighted with the growing success of Abu Dhabi Air Expo, as Abu Dhabi’s position as a key aviation hub for the region grows. The atmosphere of the week, exhibitor registration for next year’s show, the number of visitors welcomed and the generated sales value are all clear indications that Air Expo has an essential place in the regional aviation calendar.”
“Al Bateen Executive Airport looks forward to Air Expo 2014, providing regional aviation enthusiasts with a rare opportunity to view the best products that the industry has to offer, and providing global aviation leaders with a platform to grow their businesses and engage with potential partners.”
Visitors to the show also enjoyed a daily air display performed by Al Fursan Aerobatic team and Emirates Sky Diving team along with a daring display by the famous Captain Zoltan Veres, owner of five Guinness Book of World Records in aerobatics.