15 Nov 2017 by: Wanda Arden

 With exactly a year to go till the Bahrain International Airshow, organisers today confirmed the 2018 show will be its biggest yet with Chalet space already almost completely sold out and growing interest in the expanded exhibition hall.  As the Dubai Airshow, organisers have confirmed additional signings from CFM, UAE-Space Agency, ISS-Reshetnev and MENA Aerospace.

To date confirmed participation at the event comes from across the global aerospace industry including Airbus Group, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopters, DRDO, L3, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Otokar, Rolls Royce, Rostec, Rosoboronexport, UK DIT DSO and most recently Saudi Arabia who has signed a Strategic Partnership.

The show will also see the international debut of Texel Air’s Pemco FlexCombi 737 Aircraft and it is expected that Gulf Air will showcase its newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which it will take delivery of early next year.  The latest fighter jets from India, Russian and Pakistan are also expected alongside aerobatic display teams from Russia, Saudi and UAE. 

Speaking about the forthcoming show, Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, HE  Engineer Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, said, “With a year to go, the show is already looking very impressive reflecting the growth of the aerospace industry in the Middle East. With around 85% of the space already sold, I am confident that this will be yet another rewarding event for businesses in the aviation industry”.  

Networking and engagement are also still high on the agenda at the forthcoming show with the Manama Air Power Symposium taking place the day before and a strong military and commercial delegations programme. The 2016 show saw 33 military delegations and 59 commercial delegations from across the Middle East, India, North Africa, Europe, USA and Brazil.  Invited as guests of the Bahrain Defence Force and the Ministry of Transporation and Telecommunications, similar numbers are expected for 2018.

In conjunction with Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, Farnborough International will also be building on the conference and seminar programme that was established in 2016 by installing a conference theatre on the exhibition floor which visitors and exhibitors will be able to simply walk-up to and attend. A number of sessions are planned including a Middle East Airline CEO Briefing and a Space conference in conjunction with Roscosmos.

The hosted buyer programme is also set to return where we match suppliers with buyers in a series of short introductory meetings to visitors and exhibitors can maximise their time at the show.

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  • Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications
  • Royal air force
  • Farnborough International