SHOW RE­PORT DUBAI AIRSHOW 2019

Host­ing over 84,000 vis­i­tors, Dubai Airshow’s 2019 edi­tion suc­cess­fully con­nected the aero­space in­dus­try amid sig­nif­i­cant in­no­va­tion, discussion, ex­hibits, trade and much more

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START­ING FROM NOVEM­BER 17, the four day bi­en­nial Dubai Airshow was of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated by His High­ness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of United Arab Emi­rates(UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, along with His High­ness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of UAE Armed Forces. The 2019 edi­tion of the Dubai Airshow (DAS) has been one of the busiest till date with a packed sched­ule, wit­nessed by the foot­fall of over 84,000 trade at­ten­dees. With over 161 air­craft on static dis­play and over 1,288 ex­hibitors, the airshow at­tested boom­ing sales with the or­der book on site reach­ing $54.5 bil­lion by close of busi­ness.

An ar­ray of prom­i­nent con­fer­ences of­fered in­dus­try-spe­cific key­notes, Q&A ses­sions and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, at­tract­ing huge crowds of pro­fes­sion­als. The Global Air Traf­fic Man­age­ment (GATM) con­fer­ence, a unique con­ven­tion set across two days peaked closely into the fu­ture of traf­fic con­trol, with vir­tual tow­ers prov­ing to be a par­tic­u­larly hot topic.

With ev­i­dent im­pact of tech­nol­ogy as well space re­search on all pos­si­ble as­pects of the in­dus­try, ex­hibits at the show ranged from Dubai Po­lice’s new fly­ing bike for hard to reach emer­gen­cies to new prod­ucts in the medi­vac field, through to the first com

mer­cial space flight suits from Vir­gin Galac­tic.

From in­no­va­tive ideas to sig­nif­i­cant an­nounce­ments, the world’s avi­a­tion lead­ers were all seen dis­play­ing their ca­pa­bil­i­ties at the Dubai Airshow. With about 80 per cent of the global pop­u­la­tion lo­cated within eight hours of one of the UAE’s air­ports, Dubai Airshow cer­tainly is one stop that’s been “con­nect­ing the aero­space in­dus­try”, as was its motto this year. End­ing on a high note, the show is set to re­turn from Novem­ber 14 to 18, 2021.

PAINT­ING THE SKY. While the ex­hibits on the ground were ex­cit­ing enough for the vis­i­tors with the lat­est air­craft on static dis­play from man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Boe­ing, Air­bus, Rus­sian Heli­copters and many more, the fly­ing dis­plays cer­tainly took the breath away at the airshow. Some of the air­craft that were seen fly­ing dur­ing the show in­cluded Boe­ing’s 787-9 Dream­liner, an eye-catch­ing for­ma­tion of three Chi­nook, 3 Black Hawk and three Apache heli­copters, open­ing the way for the Emi­rates A380, soon fol­lowed by the UAE's air dis­play team, Al Fur­san, po­si­tioned in an ar­row for­ma­tion. UK-based aer­o­batic team, The Blades was also among the many more man­made birds that served a vis­ual treat for the avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts un­der in the Dubai sky.

FIRST TIMERS. Dubai Airshow did let the big­gest of the play­ers have a ball dur­ing the event but at the same time, it also al­lowed the first timers leave their mark. As many as 100 new ex­hibitors par­tic­i­pated in the show. Among them was Saudi Ara­bia’s The Heli­copter Com­pany, which was also a key event spon­sor. EDGE, a group com­pris­ing 25 lo­cal en­ti­ties work­ing in five aero­space ca­pa­bil­ity clus­ters, launched shortly be­fore the show also made its de­but.

The Saab Glob­alEye was a first-timer too at the show that boasted a de­tec­tion range of over 300 nau­ti­cal miles. The mul­ti­sen­sor sur­veil­lance sys­tem mon­i­tors air, land and sea and is set for de­liv­ery to its first customer in the first half of 2020.

An all-elec­tric rac­ing plane, White Light­ning, too made its de­but at this year’s airshow.

DUBAI AIR SHOW 2019 DID LET THE BIG­GEST OF THE PLAY­ERS HAVE A BALL DUR­ING THE EVENT BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IT ALSO AL­LOWED THE FIRST TIMERS LEAVE THEIR MARK. AS MANY AS 100 NEW EX­HIBITORS PAR­TIC­I­PATED IN THE SHOW.

An aer­o­bat­ics demon­stra­tion over the static dis­play of air­craft at the Dubai Airshow 2019.

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