The 2015 edition of the Dubai Airshow concluded by wrapping up an action-packed week that saw over 1,103 exhibitors representing 61 countries meet, network and do business.
Visitor numbers for this year’s industry showcase broke all previous records, for the 14th consecutive edition, topping 66,346 sector professionals, representing an increase of 9%.
Exhibitors and visitors to the show were also treated to a static display of over 150 aircraft, with an international collection of business jets, drones, commercial aircraft, plus military planes and helicopters crowding the purpose-built apron, including the Airbus A350 XWB, which is currently touring a number of key Middle East locations, and Embraer’s new Legacy500, which made its regional debut.
Despite challenging weather conditions towards the end of the week, the popular flying display included fast-paced action over the DWC, Dubai Airshow Site skies from the UAE’s own Al Fursan aerobatics team, impressive handling of the Eurofighter Typhoon and the thrill of Pakistan’s Super Mushak jets. Skyview, the purpose built grandstand provided the general public with a chance to watch from the end of the runway and again proved popular.
Inside the exhibition hall, the 2015 conference schedule attracted speakers and delegates from across the region and beyond, with five days of interactive discussion and debate covering a wealth of hot industry topics. These included the two-day Gulf Aviation & Training Event (GATE), a focus on offsetting initiatives and opportunities at the Technology Co-operation & Investment Conference, and a full day dedicated to Airport Safety & Security.
The next generation of aerospace professionals also enjoyed access to industry leaders and thought shapers during Futures Day, which took place on the final day of the show, with over 3,000 students attending the Airbus and Boeing sponsored seminar sessions before touring the hall to discuss future career opportunities with local and international exhibiting companies.
On the financial front, the final tally for the 2015 order book rounded out at US$37.2 billion, the fourth highest since records began in 1999, with a wide range on onsite deals covering high profile aircraft, maintenance services, infrastructure and systems and flight training programme agreements.
These included 30 Airbus A321s aircraft for leading Vietnamese low-cost carrier Vietjet, worth US$3.6 billion, Etihad Airways’ US$475 million optioned agreement with GE for GE90-115B engines to power its two Boeing 777 Freighters and three Augusta Westland AW609 TiltRotor search and rescue helicopters for the Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the UAE.