The Global Aviation Hub
The most highlighting fact about Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad, is this – the maiden commercial flight took off from Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad, in July 1946 and the last commercial flight bid farewell to Begumpet Airport on March 22, 2008. Since then, the commercial flight operations have ceased at Begumpet Airport. However, the daily chores assisting flight operations were never halted, rather it changed the service arena, where it started serving more intensely for general aviation and non-commercial services – apart from attending to the military, flying clubs, the government, charter and rotary wings flight operations to name a few.
Even after seven decades, Hyderabad continues to inspire pilots, scholars and researchers associated with aviation. As the aviation activity picked up in all directions it didn’t limit itself to airports and aircraft only. It has ushered in a new area of expansion, of course driven by factors such as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the airline industry, Information Technology (IT) solutions in aviation, introduction of Low-cost Carriers (LCC), the emergence of modern greenfield airports, heliports, seaports and, last but not the least, the growing emphasis on Regional Connectivity (RC) – all backed by the Government of India’s ‘Vision’ and ‘Mission’.
Shutting down of commercial operations at Begumpet Airport opened a new window for multifaced activities like flying training, Air Traffic Control (ATC) schooling, aviation expos, aviators meet, maintenance units, to name a few. Among the major activities
besides daily flight operations – this airport has hosted “India Aviation”, a biennial event since 2008 under the Ministry of Civil Aviation – where commercial aircraft and its associated industry activity were showcased.
This year in March 2018, the Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad, is again making history by hosting the second edition of “WINGS INDIA-2018”.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA), Government of India, in collaboration with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has taken a leading step to organise this mega event between 8th-11th March 2018.
The first edition of “WINGS-INDIA” was held in New Delhi with the theme “SAB UDEN, SAB JUDEN” – Expanding Regional Connectivity. This year the WINGS
INDIA -2018 theme is “INDIA: GLOBAL AVIATION HUB”.
The main components of the event would be Aircraft Static Display, aerobatics, exhibitions, conferences, CEO forums, chalets, media conferences and, last but not the least, an awards’ night.
Airports Authority of India under the guidance of the Ministry of Civil Aviation is leaving no stone unturned to make this event a grand success. The historical Begumpet Airport is being decked up to host WINGSINDIA 2018. The iconic building of Begumpet Airport attracts several heritage activists apart from aviation enthusiasts, because of its vast historical background in aviation. It is expected that the conduct of
WINGS INDIA -2018 will further expand the visitors’ profile as lots of other dignitaries from various fields will be provided with a platform to connect during this event.
Due to its spacious open area and its established aviation infrastructure, in terms of Control Tower, taxiways, Runway, Apron, Passenger Terminal, Nav Aid etc. an event of
this magnitude will not find any difficulty in efficiently facilitating both visitors and participants. The salient features of WINGS INDIA
2018 are its spacious exhibition area, more than 150 exhibitors, focus on the civil aviation industry, aerobatic display, business centres, business lounges, exhibiters restaurants, florists, business information centres, travel and transport desk and much more.
The exhibitors display profile in this event would encompass aircraft, airport infrastructure, airline and its associated service industry, space industry, skill development, aircraft interior, aircraft machinery and equipment company and, thus, it is expected that immense private and public industry partners, both national and international, are likely to visit this event. This event is preparing a conducive atmosphere for one-on-one, B2G, G2B, B2B meetings, conferences and forums to provide excellent networking opportunities for future business relationships.
India has been projected to become the third largest aviation market by 2026 and the largest by 2030. Hence, various growthoriented business opportunities can be forecasted for the near future. WINGS
INDIA -2018 provides a unique opportunity and a global platform to all national and international players associated with the aviation sector to showcase and highlight their areas of specialisation.
It is expected that the key policymakers, top government decision makers, global experts, corporate leaders and business partners, startup companies will participate to widen their network.
The MOCA, AAI and FICCI have jointly zeroed in on the focal objective of the conference – the aim is to rejuvenate the
mind with innovative ideas that will assist the global aviation industry of the country to touch new heights.
To develop India as a hub for aerospace manufacturing and MRO services by nurturing the next generation of aerospace workers; Undertaking regulatory policies and a measure for creating a win-win situation for all stakeholders; Highlighting the major technology for promoting indigenisation of aerospace manufacturing; Encouraging new forms of publicprivate partnership tailored to suit air connectivity needs; Displaying innovative financial techniques and methodologies to meet the growing financial need; Addressing issues relating to the air cargo industry and enabling them to reach their full potential.
WINGS-INDIA 2018 is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The first two days are reserved as exclusively business day and the last two days are business cum general visitors’ days. It is a much-awaited, compulsory event for the civil aviation regulatory authority, the government and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUS), airport developers, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) companies, air cargo and logistic service providers, business aviation sector providers, financial institutions, IT solution providers, airlines, ground handlers, Air Traffic Management and Air Navigation Services providers, aircraft leasing firms, aviation training institution, law and consulting firms, academic and research bodies, and trade publication and media houses (domestic and international).
With a tasteful mix of the historical and modern influence of Hyderabad where the Ganga-jamuna etiquette melts with revered ethos, WINGS INDIA 2018 invites the global civil and aerospace industry at Begumpet, Hyderabad, India. We are ready to welcome, to offer commerce and marketing opportunities, to meet policymakers and interact, learn from the best practices, make partnerships, conduct business, discover and develop networks, invest and finally seal the most promising deals.
WINGS INDIA-2017, held in New Delhi
India Aviation Air Show-2016, Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad
Aircraft Display, India Aviation -2016, Hyderabad