Sheikh Ahmed Visited Many Exhibitors During the Royal Tour
MRO Middle East and Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) opened today at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), with H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chief Executive and Chairman of Emirates Airline & Group touring the event to greet many of the 300 exhibitors.
The co-located events bring together the region’s key players in aircraft interiors and maintenance, repair and overhaul in addition to representatives from over 100 airlines. Over the two days, the attendees are able to network and conduct business with the right people in the market from the region and beyond
“We are extremely pleased that Sheikh Ahmed visited our stand,” said Andrius Norkevicius, Managing Director of MAC Interiors. “AIME is a very interesting show, we have been busy all morning. We are looking forward to meeting with our existing client base and also new potential customers.”
Among the exhibitors, leather specialist Boxmark is dispaying its latest product highlights, including the “Luxury Traveller”, is a luxurious sofa for aircraft, created in co-operation with the internationally renowned designer Jacques Pierrejean. This will be the first time the Luxury Traveller has been exhibited in the UAE.
Global Engine Maintenance (GEM) announced at the event that it has begun inductions of CFM56-7B engines at their Miami, Florida based facility, while continuing to offer repair services for CFM56-3 and JT8D series engines.
“We’re thrilled with the response to AIME and MRO Middle East this year,” says Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of show organisers F&E Aerospace. “In particular we have seen an eight percent increase in exhibitors and are pleased to welcome new ones from across the industry from the UAE and further afield, representing almost 15% of the total exhibitors in the hall.”
In addition, attendees to this year’s MRO Conference were treated to a keynote presentation from Adel Ali, CEO of Air Arabia followed by an insight into opportunities in the MRO market, key trends in the industry and a 10 year market forecast, led by Andrew Medland, Partner, Oliver Wyman, bringing together leading aviation experts to analyse the status and trends of the MRO and aviation industries.
Lydia Janow, Managing Director, Events for Aviation Week, said, “MRO Middle East is expecting 4,500 visitors across its two days – a five percent increase over 2016. It demonstrates that the show really is the ideal place for the industry to network and do business in the region.”