Top companies book places at Bahrain airshow
Manama, May 18, 2011
Bahrain received a significant boost with the news that 75 per cent of space at next year's Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) has already sold out.
Organisers at Bahrain's Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) and Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced industry leaders BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, Boeing and GE Aviation had committed to attend the three-day event at the Sakhir Airbase in January.
Bahrain-based aircraft management and charter services provider Comlux Middle East has also signed up, adding to a list that already included TAG Aeronautics, Gulfstream, Bahrain Airport Services (BAS), Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), Gulf Air, MENA Aerospace and Lockheed Martin.
'BIAS has secured commitment from a number of high profile, international participants and we are looking forward to welcoming the global aerospace community to Bahrain in January 2012,' said CAA undersecretary and BIAS supreme organising committee deputy chairman Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud.
'Industry feedback after BIAS 2010 was extremely positive and undoubtedly the chalet sales to date reflect our client's enthusiasm,' added FIL exhibitions and events director Amanda Stainer.
'With so much of our chalet space now sold, still six months from the show, we are looking at new ways of accommodating those companies who wish to have a representation at BIAS 2012.
The news comes less than three weeks before a final decision will be taken on whether this year's Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead.
Political unrest in Bahrain has led to the cancellation of several top events including the Bahrain International Motor Show, Bahrain Boat Show International, Middle East Oil Show, Bahrain International Garden Show, Cisco Live! Bahrain and the gulfBID and gulfINTERIORS exhibitions.
The second biennial BIAS will take place under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad from January 19 to 21.-TradeArabia News Service