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Dubai Airshow Launches

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

09 November 2007

The Dubai Airshow, running from November 11-15, expects to to receive more than 40,000 visitors over the course of its 10th anniversary show, it has been announced.

According to organisers, this year’s static display will boast its largest ever aircraft showing, including regional debuts from, the Cirrus SR22 G3 – the world’s fastest-selling, single-engined four-seater aircraft; the Eclipse 500, the forerunner in the Very Light Jet (VLJ) market and the quietest jet in history; the Dassault Falcon 7X, which is the original ‘fly-by-wire’ long range business jet, claiming to be the "first aircraft to be designed entirely on a virtual platform", and the Sino Swearingen SJ30, the world's fastest longest range light jet.

To celebrate the Dubai Airshow’s 10th Anniversary, this year’s flying display will feature performances by three of the world’s top aerobatics display team – Britain’s Red Arrows flying the BAE Systems’ training Hawk, the Patrouille de France in the Dassault/ Dornier AlphaJet, and Spain’s Patrulla Aguila, which is making its Arabian Gulf debut in the Casa C-101 Aviojet.

“The aircraft fleet we will have on display is unparalleled regionally or internationally and is testament to both the reputation of the Dubai Airshow and the importance of the Middle East to the global aviation market. It includes some of the world’s most advanced, state-of-the-art aircraft, many of which are touching down here for the very first time,” Alison Weller, Director-Aerospace, Fairs & Exhibitions – which organises the show, announced ahead of its Sunday launch.

She added: “The wide diversity of aircraft shows the depth and breadth of our exhibitor portfolio and we know visitors to the Dubai Airshow will be in for a major treat as they will see first hand the very best the industry has to offer.”

Helicopters also feature heavily in the 2007 showing, with the MD 902 Helicopter making its regional exhibition debut. Boasting state-of-the-art patented “NOTAR” (No Tail Rotor) technology, which increases passenger and bystander safety, reduces pilot workload and lowers external noise levels, the MD is a sought after model for EMS services throughout the region, especially as it is well equipped to deal with the Middle East’s high temperatures.

The 2007 showing of the Dubai Airshow will boast up to 900 exhibitors from 50 countries and cover a massive 35,000 square metres of hall space, with a further 90 chalet units.

A key element of this year’s show is the high number of new-to-market exhibitors – 130 to date from 24 countries – accounting for one tenth of the show’s entire exhibitor profile.

The Dubai Airshow is open to industry-linked visitors only.

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