Dubai Air Show 2017 Ready for Takeoff – Aviation International News

More than 160 aircraft are on display, the world’s best demonstration pilots and aerobatic teams are presenting thrilling aerial performances, over 1,200 exhibitors from around the globe are showing are their wares and a record-setting crowd of more than 70,000 is expected: the Dubai Airshow 2017 will surely be the grandest of the biennial spectacles since the first was staged in 1989.

Several of the aircraft on static display are making highly anticipated world debuts, and many more are appearing in the region for the first time. In the skies overhead, the UAE’s Al Fursan demonstration team is among the headliners in the daily air show, while exhibitors from the UAE’s own AAL Group to Zodiac Aerospace from the U.S. are showcasing the latest in defense systems, avionics, commercial aircraft support services and VIP business jet furnishings. In fact, the Dubai Airshow is now the world’s third-largest such gathering, behind only Paris and Farnborough, according to show organizers Tarsus F&E, and holds the record for the largest orders placed at a single air show ($206 billion in 2013). This year all such records are fair game.

But hardware and spectacle aside, the gathering is about relationships, education and creating opportunities for those in the industry today and youngsters eager to be a part of it tomorrow. The extensive conference program includes the Gulf Aviation Training Event, the Cargo Zone Conference, the Airport Solutions Dubai and the Unmanned Aircraft Solutions Summit. Meanwhile, the event has become a must-attend platform not only for industry players in the Middle East, but around the world, as the list of exhibitors illustrates: Airbus, Boeing, leading airlines and technology companies, and many new vendors that will launch from this event to take their own rightful place on aviation’s stage. Here are some of the highlights to look

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