The inaugural MRO Middle East Conference and Exhibition opened in a highly optimistic mood with a keynote speech from the President of Dubai’s Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman of the Emirates Airline Group – H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum – who forecast rapid expansion of regional MRO facilities.
"This event has been a long time coming to the Middle East," he said. "For some years we have been aware that the sector has struggled to keep pace with the rapid growth of aviation in the region, both in the commercial aviation sector and more recently in business aviation.
"At the major air shows of the past few years, all of the big fleet announcements have come from GCC carriers such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. By next year, for instance, the Emirates fleet will have doubled from its position in 2006."
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The privately-owned, low-fare airline will be the second carrier after Emirates to use Dubai International Airport as its base.
Aerostructures Middle East Services (AMES) delivers its first C-Duct Trent 700 to the Bahrain national airline, Gulf Air, after repair and overhaul.
Go Aviation Middle East will launch operations on September 2, by providing professional aircraft detailing and polishing services at Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport.
There are currently 626 business turbine aircraft based across the Middle East, with 246 of those (39 percent) delivered between 2006 and 2011.