SPOTLIGHT ON AIRCRAFT INTERIORS AND MRO

Co-located shows open 8 February 

300 exhibitors from the aircraft interiors and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industries will be demonstrating their products and capabilities to over 4500 trade visitors, including representatives of over 100 airlines, at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from the 08-09 February. Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East will bring together the leading suppliers in their fields and attracts decision makers and buyers from the region and beyond.

“AIME and MRO Middle East have been growing year-on-year since they first took place and this year’s edition is no exception,” says Michele van Akelijen, managing director of show organisers F&E Aerospace. “We are seeing a growing interest from exhibitors and airline buyers in our Airline Buyers Programme, which really adds value to the show experience for all parties involved.”  

According to IndustryARC, Aircraft Interiors Market is accounted to be $6.9 Billion and is estimated to grow at 7% CAGR in the forecast period, 2015-2020. Predictions by Frost & Sullivan’s Market Insight report that Middle Eastern, Chinese and Indian markets will jointly command 27.3% of global demand for cabin interiors by 2020. Dubai’s central geographic location makes it the ideal place for representatives from these key regions to meet and do business. 

The Middle East is the second fastest growing MRO market in the world, according to Aviation Week. By 2023, the MRO market in the Middle East will reach $7 billion, the result of 7.3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

“The growth we have seen for MRO Middle East since its inception has been fantastic,” says Lydia Janow, Managing Director, Events for Aviation Week. “This applies both to the exhibitors in the hall itself, and to the attendees at the conference sessions. We are looking forward to welcoming a record number to each at the 2017 edition.”

Visitors to the event travel from as far afield as Asia, the USA and Europe and among the exhibitors are many from these regions. The show will again feature a French Pavilion, a dedicated floor space representing French companies to all of the attendees.

The 2017 edition boasts an impressive line up of complimentary conference sessions at the Aviation Week MRO conference, including a ten year market forecast and key trends, plus an in-depth look at the Middle East and MRO in a global context, among others. The attendees will benefit from the expert insights of key speakers from leading aerospace companies including Boeing and IATA in addition to airlines including Emirates Airline, Oman Air and Jazeera Airways.

With many tech savvy Middle East carriers are tech savvy placing a high priority on in flight connectivity and Wi-fi access, the show will also feature the return of the Inflight IFEC pavilion and awards, organised by HMG Aerospace.

William Huot-Marchand, Vice President, Global Sales at Thales, said “Aircraft Interiors Middle East continues to be an important strategic event for Thales as inflight entertainment solutions remain in high demand. This year, we will be focusing on showcasing several innovative solutions, such as our ‘Connected Experience,’ ‘AVANT Passenger Experience,’ and ‘InFlyt Cloud’ which includes an enhanced user interface and design.”

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