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And we’re off. Firstly, I’d like to start by wel­com­ing ev­ery­one to 2019. I do hope ev­ery­one had a fes­tive New Year’s Eve and that the re­cov­ery process from the long-night has passed. We got a big year ahead and a busy one at that. In ad­di­tion to the an­nual shows, such as MRO Mid­dle East, Air­port Show, IATA’s AGM and MRO Europe, 2019 sees the re­turn of a num­ber of high-pro­file air shows.

In ad­di­tion to the famed Paris Air­show that is slated to run at the tail end of June, the Dubai Air­show makes its tri­umphant re­turn this year. Also, this year will be the Saudi In­ter­na­tional Air­show, which is com­ing up in March.

From the pub­li­ca­tion’s side, we’ve broad­ened our monthly top­ics in an ef­fort to tap into as­pects of avi­a­tion that have flown un­der our radar for the past few years. In Feb­ru­ary for ex­am­ple, we’ll be re-ex­am­in­ing the role of he­li­copter air­craft in to­day’s mar­ket, while in March, AVB will delve into the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in pri­vate jet air­craft.

Other no­table fea­tures in­clude an en­gine tech­nol­ogy fea­ture set to be un­veiled in June, along with a ded­i­cated ar­ti­cle on bag­gage han­dling tech­nol­ogy in Oc­to­ber.

For the first is­sue of the year, our cover story for Jan­uary is with Glyn Hughes, global head of IATA Cargo, who I met last month’s at the IATA Global Me­dia and IATA Cargo Day. Both events were held back-to-back at IATA’s ex­ec­u­tive head­quar­ters in Geneva Switzer­land. Also in this is­sue, we have our an­nual mar­ket out­look, where we look at var­i­ous seg­ments of the global avi­a­tion in­dus­try and high­light ex­pec­ta­tions for the year ahead.

So with­out adieu, let’s get the ball rolling on 2019. Safe Trav­els!

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