20 Jun 2017

By the close of day two at the Paris Airshow, organisers of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) have announced that six major aerospace businesses have signed up to participate at the forthcoming show which takes place from 14 – 16 November 2018.  In a series of meetings held in the BIAS Chalet (No 190), Airbus Group, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin and Thales have all confirmed their continued support for the show.

Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, His Excellency Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed who was at the show to meet with various aerospace businesses and host a business briefing at the Kallman USA Partnership Pavilion said, “The continued participation of these major players adds further weight to the growing importance of the Bahrain International Airshow.  These companies see the Gulf region as an important strategic location and the high-level meetings they are able to hold via our civil and military delegations programme make the show invaluable to them.”

These signings come in addition to other recent agreements at EBACE and IDEF with companies including Sky Prime Aviation, Otokar, Roketsan and Turkish Aerospace Industries meaning that chalet and exhibition space for the 2018 show is now 70% sold or reserved.

Amanda Stainer, Commercial Director for Farnborough International, co-organisers of the show commented, “With the show still 18 months away, the commitments from these major international businesses are a testament to the strength of the show for both the commercial and military aerospace businesses. The show offers the business networking opportunities that people are looking for and this is evidenced by these signings.”

The Bahrain International Airshow has gained a reputation as an important business event for the Middle East, with many businesses choosing the show to make significant business announcements.  In 2016, the event saw the international debut of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft from the DRDO, and Leonardo (formerly Finmecannica) chose the show to make its first appearance as a single organisation demonstrating capabilities from all divisions including Helicopters, Airborne & Space Systems, Land & Naval Defence Electronics and Security & Information Systems. 

Business networking and face-to-face meetings are once again at the top of the agenda in planning the 2018 show. Alongside the conference programme and Hosted-Buyer programme, BIAS18 will also introduce an on-floor presentation theatre allowing exhibitors to run product demonstrations, seminars and workshops. The Manama Air Power Symposium is also confirmed to take place on 13th November 2018, which is being organised by SEGMA and supported by the Royal Bahraini Air Force and the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications.

Bahrain International Airshow is located at Chalet 190 at the International Paris Air Show.
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  • Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications
  • Royal air force
  • Farnborough International