AIRCRAFT INTERIORS CONTINUE TO SOAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Exhibitors keen to get a share of growing market

When Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) returns to Dubai next year, expect the hall to be crowded with exhibitors displaying the latest innovations in seating, catering, flooring and inflight entertainment and connectivity offerings.

Co-located with MRO Middle East and taking place 8-9 February 2017 in Dubai World Trade Centre, the show provides its exhibitors with exclusive access to an incredible number of airline buyers and decision makers: over 700 representatives of more than 100 airlines attended the 2016 edition.

“We had a good consistent level of footfall on the stand and some interesting conversations with a number of representatives of varying sectors of the aerospace industry,” said Guy Roberts, Head of Sales and Marketing at Magnesium Electron, exhibiting for the first time in 2016. He continued, “We particularly wanted to target airlines and this is the right show to reach them.”

His sentiment was echoed by many of the other exhibitors at the 2016 edition, over 60% of which had made firm commitments to return before the show had even shut its doors, including many global leading companies such as Rockwell Collins, ROHI and Long Prosper.

Mordor Intelligence has stated that the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will be the highest contributors to the Cabin Interior Market, and presently there are over 500 aircraft order between the region’s big three airlines of Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, more than 80% of which are wide bodied aircrafts.

IATA studies identified that 2016 is projected to experience the strongest growth in air passengers.  Passenger growth in the Middle East has been almost three times that of the global average, which stood at 5.3% while in Middle East it was an incredible 15.4%.

“AIME has grown over the years in line with the regional market,” says Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of organisers F&E Aerospace. “With the current growth in the region’s interiors sector predicted to continue, it is not surprising that the exhibitors are keen to ensure their presence at the only dedicated aircraft interiors event in the Middle East.”
 

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