Dubai Airshow 2017 Ready for Takeoff

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The Dubai Airshow 2017 is expected to be its biggest edition yet when it opens its doors at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site on Sunday.

The Airshow, which was launched in 1986, represents one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world.

The Dubai Airshow 2017 is expected to be its biggest edition yet when it opens its doors at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site on Sunday. With predictions of 72500 trade visitors expected across its five-day run and over 1200 exhibitors representing the entire spectrum of the aerospace industry, the show is set to exceed previous editions.

Amid lackluster global economy, turmoil in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf rift, industry experts are hopeful of some big orders at the Dubai Airshow.

Main attractions

This year features pavilions and conferences include the Space Conference and Pavilion with speakers including Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret; Cargo Zone, the UAS Summit and Airport Solutions which has been re-launched by Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East for 2017 as part of the Airport Solutions Global Series.

The flying display will include aerobatic teams PLAAF August 1st Air Demonstration Team from China; the Russian Knights and the UAE’s Al Fursan. Also taking to the skies will be an Airbus A350 and a Beriev BE200 ES demonstrating its firefighting ability. There will also be helicopters including the TAI T129 attack helicopter performing for the first time at the Dubai Airshow and large number of military aircraft such as a US Airforce F16, UAE Mirage 2000 and a Taqnia AN132.

The purpose built static park will feature over 160 aircraft on display, including Airbus A380s from both Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways; the Motor Sich Mi2 and Mi8 MSB-T helicopters; business jets such as a Gulfstream G650ER and Bombardier Global 6000 Anka MALE Class UAV. Appearing at the Dubai Airshow for the first time will be the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the Japanese Air Force Kawasaki C2, in addition to first time exhibitor Calidus displaying two aircraft: the B-250 Bader and the TX-C.

Of the 1200 exhibitors at the Dubai Airshow 2017, 30% of exhibitors are from Europe, 40% from the Middle East and around 10% of the exhibitors travel from the Americas with the majority of these hailing from the USA and Canada.

Many of the show’s 100 first time exhibitors this year come from around the globe and include Rockford Xellerix, the UAE’s only independent provider of wiring, interconnect and system solutions for the defense, aerospace, and marine industries; the Japanese Ministry of Defence; and Vector Aerospace, a Canadian MRO provider. Others include Aerospace Maintenance Solutions from the USA, Nordic Aviation Capital from Ireland and D.Marchiori from Italy.

Here’s a snap shot of some of the major companies who will be exhibiting at the mega event:

1. Emirates Airline

Emirates set for largest presence ever at Dubai Airshow

  • Full family of Emirates commercial, executive and training aircraft on display
  • Airline to launch its highly-anticipated Boeing 777-300ER new First Class suite
  • Emirates Flight Training Academy to be officially inaugurated

Emirates is gearing up for the 2017 edition of the Dubai Airshow, with the airline showcasing its largest static aircraft display to date. Emirates’ full family of aircraft consisting of the airline’s 100th A380, its latest Boeing 777-300ER with new cabin interiors, the Emirates Executive A319 aircraft, and the Cirrus SR 22 and Embraer Phenom 100 jets which will be utilized by the Emirates Flight Training Academy will be on display to visitors. Both Emirates B777-300ER and A380 aircraft will be emblazoned with the “Year of Zayed” decal as a tribute to the late founding father of the UAE.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, said: “The Dubai Airshow is a key event in the aviation industry calendar and it is fitting that the full family of Emirates aircraft will be on display this year to highlight the breadth of onboard product enhancements and innovations across our fleet. We are particularly pleased to showcase our state-of-the-art training aircraft for the Emirates Flight Training Academy. These investments will help set new benchmarks in pilot training, and reinforce Dubai’s position as a global aviation hub.”

On the first day of the Dubai Airshow, Emirates will debut its new Boeing 777-300ER First Class suite. The new First Class product has been entirely redesigned, with a range of new features. In addition to the First Class cabin, both Business and Economy Class cabins will also boast a number of enhancements.

The first afternoon of the airshow will also feature a unique Emirates fly past comprising of a Boeing 777-300ER, an Airbus A380, as well as the UAE’s air-display team, Al Fursan. Both Emirates aircraft will fly at different altitudes followed by the Al Fursan jets in a symmetric formation. All Emirates aircraft taking part in the fly-past will also feature the special “Year of Zayed” decal on both sides of the fuselage.

The Emirates Flight Training Academy, the state of the art facility for training ab initio pilots will be officially inaugurated on the second day of the Dubai airshow. The Academy was developed by Emirates in response to the global aviation industry’s requirement for skilled commercial pilots. It is set to offer advanced learning technologies and state-of-the-art training aircraft for cadets to develop their flying knowledge and skills. The multi-million dollar investment in this advanced facility highlights Emirates’ commitment to developing the infrastructure that supports career-ready pilots for Emirates, as well as the broader aviation industry.

2. Airbus

At the Dubai Airshow Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems.

The Dubai Airshow is an important platform for Airbus to demonstrate its products and services to customers as the organisation looks to continue to grow its footprint in the UAE and the region. It also provides a key opportunity to showcase latest innovations to some of the industry’s most respected experts and thought leaders.

In the static display areas, a plethora of Airbus’ real operational and development aircraft will be available to view, including the A350-900, the cornerstone member of the all-new A350 XWB Family – which will also perform a demo flight. In addition, Airbus will be showcasing its executive jet ACJ 319ceo in partnership with Comlux. Meanwhile Airbus Defence and Space’s exhibits will include the A400M new generation airlifter which recently played a critical role in relief operations following the Caribbean hurricanes; and the highly versatile C295 military transport and mission aircraft, for the first time with a display of weaponry to be qualified on the aircraft.

Airbus will have a presence at the exhibition hall (stand 552), where it will showcase products from its other divisions and services including mock-ups of helicopter products including the H160 and the NH90, the modern and multi-role aircraft designed according to the most stringent NATO standards.

The Airbus stand will showcase Space products including a comprehensive portfolio of satellites, including the SES-12- an extremely powerful and flexible telecommunications satellite. Visitors can also learn about Zephyr, a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) that runs exclusively on solar power as a complement to satellite-based surveillance and communications.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the new Airbus A330neo Airspace cabin: The completely overhauled cabin design offers a high-tech experience through and through, from the vibrant mood lighting and customizable ceiling lighting stencils, to futuristic lavatories and much larger overhead bins.

As well as exploring all this latest hardware, visitors to the new “Digital Exhibition” concept area will be able to interactively immerse themselves in the fine details of every facet in Airbus’ group-wide activities – spanning not only Commercial Aircraft, Defence and Space, Helicopters, Services, but also other areas such as future research, the extended innovation ecosystem, electrification, urban air mobility, the Airbus Foundation as well as strengths in our workforce diversity.

By using special VR headsets, guests will also be able to fly-through the International Space Station, experience the innovative H160 helicopter, sit inside the cockpit of an A400M as it takes off from rough terrain, or explore the latest “Airspace” cabin interior innovations. In addition to hosting these immersive VR scenarios, the Exhibition will also feature a unique “HoloLens” zone which projects dynamic 3D holographic models – such as the ‘ExoMars’ Rover traversing a Martian landscape.

3. Boeing

Boeing will showcase a range of products and services at this year’s show, including the 787-10 Dreamliner, a CST-100 Starliner spacecraft simulator, the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, as well as the F-15 multi-role fighter.

The exhibit reiterates the company’s commitment to the Middle East as a key growth market across its commercial, defense, space and services businesses.

With increasing demand for travel to and from the Middle East, Boeing’s forecast is 3,350 airplane deliveries over 20 years

4. Mubadala Aerospace

Mubadala Aerospace to Celebrate a Decade of Success at Dubai Airshow

The 2017 edition of the Dubai Airshow will mark Mubadala Investment Company’s 10th anniversary in the aerospace industry, following a decade of strategic investment that has accelerated the growth of a flourishing, leading-edge aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi anchored by homegrown success stories such as Strata Manufacturing (Strata).

Over the past 10 years, Mubadala’s aerospace businesses have gone from strength to strength, proudly upholding the ‘Made-in-the-UAE’ trademark worldwide as a stamp of quality, reliability and innovation. Strata, Sanad Aero Solutions, Turbine Services & Solutions (TS&S) and Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park have taken their place as integral links in the global aerospace supply chain, with Strata and TS&S now Tier 1 suppliers to industry giants such as Airbus, Boeing, GE and Rolls-Royce.

This milestone year for aerospace occurs at a pivotal point for Mubadala, which is shifting focus from development to global investment. The first phase of Mubadala’s aerospace strategy centered on development, including the establishment of advanced infrastructure, new businesses, and high skilled career opportunities for local talent. The next phase will be marked by further global integration through targeted investment and the use of disruptive technologies.

At the Airshow, Mubadala will be making announcements that herald the next phase of Abu Dhabi’s aerospace growth, revealing regional firsts, strategic partnerships and project milestones. Highlights will include the company’s entry into advanced material manufacturing and high tech engine component manufacturing, as well as the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in the aerospace sector. In addition, Mubadala will showcase its enhanced maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, as well as high-tech advancements in ICT and renewables that have exciting potential for the aerospace industry.

“Situated at the crossroads of the world, it was only natural that the UAE seize the opportunity to develop into a global hub for aerospace,” said Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi, CEO of Mubadala’s Aerospace, Renewables and ICT (AR&I) platform. “In line with UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, we are proud to have been among the architects of a new industry for Abu Dhabi that, from humble beginnings, has risen in stature to the globally recognized, competitive force we see today. As we deepen our ties to world-leading partners, leverage our commercial know-how and focus on delivering returns to our shareholder, Mubadala will continue to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s global aerospace footprint.”

Director of Mubadala’s Aerospace division, Badr Al-Olama commented: “The bottom line comes down to competitiveness and growth in the global aerospace industry. Mubadala is constantly seeking solutions from the Fourth Industrial Revolution to differentiate its value proposition and stay ahead of the curve. New technologies such as AI and robotics are playing a disruptive role in every industry, and we aim to leverage these to ensure our aerospace offering is innovative and dynamic.”

Mubadala Investment Company’s new corporate structure has seen the formation of a key business platform comprised of aerospace, renewables, ICT, utilities and defense service interests. This new grouping creates promising opportunities for sectors to explore areas of synergy, such as with renewables-led research and ICT advancements. The alignment opens avenues for cross-sector collaboration, as well as conduits for sharing cutting-edge research.

“We are seeing the growth of an increasingly agile and advanced ecosystem of products and services that will enable success for the UAE’s aerospace sector,” Al-Olama added. “These products and services, in turn, will help advance other sectors, making aerospace the key enabler in an integrated ecosystem that will offer exciting career opportunities for UAE talent.”

Mubadala Investment Company will be showcasing its best-in-class services and solutions at Stand 1110 at Dubai Airshow 2017. This year, visitors to the stand will be welcomed by AI avatars that will showcase machine learning, see robotic arms conducting thermography testing, have an opportunity to trial the region’s first 50Mbps high-speed in-flight connectivity service, and learn about Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered aircraft that successfully completed an historic round-the-world flight without using a drop of fuel. Participating Mubadala entities include Strata, Sanad Aero Solutions, TS&S, Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, Masdar, Cognit and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat).

5. Raytheon

Raytheon showcases defense and security innovations at the 2017 Dubai Airshow
Company heralds 30th anniversary of partnership with UAE

Raytheon Company is featuring some of its latest technologies and innovations at the 2017 Dubai Airshow, as it proudly acknowledges 30 years of partnership with the United Arab Emirates.

“The Dubai Airshow allows us to connect with customers and industry partners to create new opportunities for collaboration,” said John Harris, vice president, Business Development and CEO, Raytheon International Inc. “We look forward to building on our 30-year relationship with the Emiratis as we explore the art of the possible to be a partner of choice.”

At the airshow, Raytheon will feature a number of its trusted solutions and proven capabilities that span integrated air and missile defense, cyber security, land- and sea-based defense systems, and air launched weapons.

With systems helping control two-thirds of the world’s airspace, Raytheon will also highlight its air traffic management support and services, including in the UAE, and the global need for greater cyber security across aviation transportation. In addition, it will introduce a new Joint Precision Approach and Landing System that uses GPS to guide fast jets, helicopters and drones to safe landings.

Among other innovations of note, the company will highlight its latest small unmanned aerial vehicle, Silver Fox, which is highly mobile, rugged and turnkey for immediate fielding in the Gulf region.

Amid lacklustre global economy, turmoil in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf rift, industry experts are hopeful of some big orders at rhe Dubai Airshow.

The Dubai Airshow takes place 12-16 November at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site and is open to trade visitors from within the aerospace industry. Visitor tickets can be purchased from and are valid for the full five days.


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