02.03.2010 AIRCRAFT INTERIORS MIDDLE EAST SHOW PLATFORM FOR ONBOARD INNOVATIONS
Dubai, UAE. 1 March 2010 –Contract signings marked the second Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) show, running at Dubai’s Airport Expo.
Oman Air signed a contract with UAE-based Spatial Composite Solutions for two cabin evacuation trainers. The fuselage-shaped units are scheduled for delivery to the airline’s new Aviation Crew Training facility in Muscat by October 2010.
Air Arabia, the UAE’s first low-cost airline, signed a seven-year contract with Botany Weaving of Ireland for seat fabric, curtains and carpeting.
Arabia Jets of Saudi Arabia signed a contract with French aircraft livery designer Happy Design Studio to offer their clients customised liveries and visual identity.
EADS Sogerma of France unveiled its new seat, the Super First Class Ultimate 17®.
Alison Weller, Managing Director of F&E Aerospace, commented: “The Aircraft Interiors show is the ideal platform for presenting innovative products such as the new EADS Sogerma seat. We are also delighted that Oman Air, Air Arabia and Arabia Jets chose our show to announce new contracts.
“That airlines are now starting again to invest in their aircraft is a measure of how the aerospace industry is recovering, in anticipation of a full return to business over the coming years.”
The show is one of three running all this week as part of ‘Aerospace Week’, which was inaugurated yesterday at Dubai’s Airport Expo by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group.
Organised by F&E Aerospace, which produces the Dubai Airshow, the two-day AIME show comprised workshops and an exhibition.
The second part of Aerospace Week features the inaugural Aerospace & Defence Training Show (ADTS), from 3 to 4 March 2010, in association with Halldale Media, which comprises an exhibition featuring simulation training companies, training providers, colleges and manufacturers, and a conference covering topics such as how to engage youth in aviation and pilot training programmes.
Photo caption: Jonathan Hackett, CEO of Botany Weaving and Adel Ali, CEO of Air Arabia shake hands on the seven-year deal to supply the airline with seat fabric, curtains and carpeting.