Bahrain airshow set to open today
Manama, January 19, 2012
The second edition of the biennial Bahrain International Air Show 2012 (BIAS 2012) takes off at the Sakhir Air Base this morning (January 19) showcasing more than 80 aircraft to an expected audience of 50,000 people.
Public tickets for tomorrow have already sold out, but organisers for the three-day show said passes for today and Saturday were still available.
'The response is overwhelming and we are expecting a lot of people to attend,' said a spokeswoman.
In addition to aerial displays including breathtaking routines featuring military aircraft and stunt pilots, there will also be aircraft and helicopter simulators, a vertical wind tunnel where people can simulate skydiving, display aircraft and other entertainment.
'Each day, the show will conclude with a breathtaking fireworks display starting at 6pm,' said the spokeswoman.
Pilots from the French Air Force, the Russian Knights (the Russian Air Force display team), the UK's Red Devils (The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team) and the Royal Jordanian Air Force acrobatic team are among those who will show off their flying skills.
Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) Under-Secretary Captain Abdulrahman Al Goud previously confirmed the trade section had already sold out, with all 40 corporate chalets being snapped up.
BIAS 2012 will showcase 69 aircraft in the trade area and 15 in the public arena. Besides, an Airbus A380 is expected to fly in for the first day of the show.
Twenty international defence delegations from 15 countries are expected to visit the show. Civil delegations from 18 nations are also attending, a significant increase on the inaugural show in 2010.
Meanwhile, more than 300 journalists from Bahrain and abroad have registered for the event. The show is being organised by UK-based exhibition organiser Farnborough International Limited (FIL), in collaboration with CAA.
Visitors will be taken to the site in shuttle buses, which will operate regularly from Bahrain International Circuit. It will open to the public from 10.30am to 6.15pm, while the trade section will open from 9am to 5pm.
Alba has set up a dedicated luxury hospitality chalet at the venue.
Chief executive Laurent Schmitt said it underlined the company's confidence in Bahrain as a key destination for international trade events, as well as its potential as an emerging aviation hub.
The Alba chalet will offer opportunities for viewing state-of-the-art aircraft on display, while providing meeting and networking opportunities with present and potential clients.
'Alba supports every initiative that raises Bahrain's profile amongst international industry leaders,' said Schmitt. 'Our presence is an endorsement of Bahrain's investor-friendly credentials as well as our confidence in the country's emergence as a key hub for the aviation industry.' – TradeArabia News Service