$63 bn Dubai Airshow closesNovember 18th, 2011 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS
Dubai, Nov 18 (IANS) The Dubai Airshow has closed after a successful week that saw $63.3 billion worth of orders for aircraft, maintenance services and flight training programmes, it was officially stated.
Visitor numbers broke the Dubai Airshow record with 56,548 people attending, making the 12th edition that concluded Thursday the biggest as well as the most colourful yet, as the halls, pavilions and chalets displayed the colours of the UAE national flag in celebration of the nation’s 40th anniversary in two weeks’ time on December 2.
The theme of flight training which permeated this year’s Dubai Airshow continued on the final day with the signing by Fujairah Aviation Academy in the UAE with IATA to develop the facility as an IATA-approved training centre for high school graduates.
The UAE’s 40th anniversary celebrations at the Dubai Airshow came to a climax as the country’s new aerobatic display team - Al Fursan - opened the aerial display with a fly-past with an Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft, proudly trailing the colours of UAE national flag to the delight of the crowd below.
Alison Weller, Managing Director of airshow organiser F&E; Aerospace, said: “We promised a Dubai Airshow that would be bigger and better than ever and we did not disappoint. The past week has been notable for its buoyant crowds, spectacular aerial displays and astonishing order announcements. As the show comes to an end, it will be time to take stock of the successes and the challenges, in preparation for Dubai Airshow 2013 at Dubai World Central!”
The Dubai Airshow is organised under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, and in co-operation with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports and the UAE Armed Forces
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