MRO Middle East and AIME 2023 set to welcome global airline supply chain
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – MRO Middle East 2023, the leading destination for the commercial aviation aftermarket in the region, and Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) 2023, the largest cabin interiors gathering in the MEASA region – connecting airline buyers with interiors suppliers, are set to return to Dubai. Taking place on 1 – 2 March 2023 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the co-located events will showcase the latest trends, insights, innovation and commercial opportunities shaping the future of aircraft supply chains across the globe.
Lydia Janow, SVP Events at Aviation Week, commented: “Attendees of MRO Middle East will have the opportunity to discover the latest technology in the aviation aftermarket, learn from industry experts and expand their network. The popular Go Live! Theater will return this year, with a series of presentations, panels and case studies that will address key industry themes such as supply chain challenges, engines and sustainability, digital trends and new technology.”
The Go Live! Theater features more than 30 regional and international speakers across the two days, including Husham Osman of Royal Jet, Raghed Al Kaasamani of Jazeera Airways, Ali El Jamal of Etihad and Kidus Melkamu of Ethiopian Airlines, who will share their insights and advice to help drive the industry forward. Tim Hawes, Managing Director of Tarsus Group, commented: “As the Middle East’s only aircraft interiors event, we look forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors from across the globe to Dubai this March. AIME 2023 will demonstrate the latest products and technologies available in the aviation supply chain, and we have an exciting line-up of new and enhanced features. This year’s edition will see the launch of our ‘Onboard Hub’, a workshop space with live innovative product and technology demonstrations, plus workshops and interviews with regional airlines such as Emirates, Saudia, Kenya Airways and Turkish Airlines. With more airlines investing in their Premium Economy offering in line with an increased demand from passengers, we are also excited to welcome back a number of seating manufacturers and materials suppliers for this year’s edition.”
With more than four billion passengers expected to take to the skies in 2023, the launch of new airlines – including Saudi Arabia’s RIA airlines and Nigeria's ValueJet – and existing airlines introducing new routes and aircraft, the outlook for the global aviation industry looks optimistic. In the Middle East specifically, countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing in their aviation sectors in a bid to diversify their economies, for example the Saudi Vision 2030 will see an investment of $100 billion in its aviation sector.
This increased investment will spur competition across the industry, and airlines are looking at ways to win and retain passengers. As an example, Emirates is preparing to introduce the Airbus A350 to its fleet and also recently began a $2 billion retrofit program to offer more Premium Economy seats, meanwhile Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is expanding its global route network.
By attending MRO Middle East and AIME 2023, organisations will have the opportunity to meet industry experts, including leading suppliers from the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) sector, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and parts and components providers, as well as airlines, lessors and interiors specialists.
A series of international airlines and suppliers have already signed up and confirmed attendance, and new airlines attending this year include Flynas, Salamair, Texel Air and Serene Air. With the comfort of passengers and crew an increasing priority, a range of seating and fabric suppliers will be present at AIME - including Aviointeriors and Geven Spa - alongside technology suppliers such as CribMaster, amongst others. Meanwhile at MRO Middle East, exhibitors include Embraer, StandardAero, Asia Digital Engineering, Avioparts, Red Box Tools and many more.
As airlines put a focus on attracting and retaining customers throughout 2023 and beyond, the event will put a spotlight on passenger experience, with exhibitors set to bring their latest innovative products to inspire the airline buyer community.