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Paris Air Show: BIAS prepares for 10th anniversary

Posted 18 June 2019 · Add Comment

The Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) today announced that major aerospace companies have confirmed their participation in BIAS 2020, as the biennial event prepares to celebrate its tenth year since inception.

Courtesy BIAS

Gulf Air, DHL, Texel Air and Bahrain Airport Services have signed agreements for participation in the November 2020 show while at the Paris International Airshow this week. They join many of the world’s leading aerospace companies whose presence reflects the position of Bahrain for access to strategically important markets across the Middle East.

Speaking at a media briefing, Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee of BIAS, His Excellency Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed announced a major capital investment plan that will be undertaken prior to the 2020 show, with major upgrades planned across the facilities at the Sakhir Airbase, a purpose- built airbase that allows participating companies to display aircraft of all sizes across the static and flying displays.  A new layout plan will direct visitors through the exhibition hall which houses around 80 international companies from across the aviation supply chain.

“We’re very proud to have achieved 10 year successful track record, with the Bahrain International Airshow now a proven platform for facilitating business generation for global companies in the Gulf region.  We’re looking forward to seeing greater numbers of leading-edge organisations aiming to secure opportunities throughout the Middle East’s growing and dynamic aerospace supply chain,” he said.

Amanda Stainer, Chief Commercial and Partnerships Officer for Farnborough International - co-organisers of Bahrain International Airshow - commented: “The past 10 years have seen us create a highly successful partnership with the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications; we are delighted to have played a part in creating a unique Airshow in a location that offers unparalleled access to a fast-growing aerospace market.”    

Show features at the November 2020 Bahrain International Airshow include:
• A comprehensive international Delegations Programme with decision makers from the civil and military sectors
• The 2nd Women In Aviation Conference
• Aerospace  Conference focusing on issues of current importance
• The 3rd Manama Air Power Symposium with senior military officials from around the world
• The BIAS Farnborough International News Network (FINN) briefings and seminars

The 2018 Bahrain International Airshow saw more than US$5 billion of aerospace orders and commitments and US$93.4 million of Bahrain aviation industry investments were also announced. The 2018 Airshow saw significant growth; with 100%  expansion of the exhibition hall, 100 aircraft across the static and flying displays and over 200 civil and military delegations, attracting 11 of the top global aerospace companies.


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