The Dubai Airshow, which opens its doors from14 to November 18, is a highly anticipated event around the world. Indeed, Dubai and its “Dubai Airshow” are in their 17th edition of the air show. This is an event that many in an industry that still resents the Covid are eagerly awaiting in the hopes of leaving this unprecedented crisis in their wake, to joke so.
After a suspension of its activity for several months, which left serious consequences, the sector is expected to suffer again this year, a cumulative loss of nearly 52 billion dollars. The catastrophic exercise that was 2020 and which saw hundreds of planes grounded in the world due to travel restrictions put the sector in a bad state but, it is clear that it is rising slowly and sometimes even very surely. It is internationally that the recent past has hurt, with a drop in traffic of 69% against minus 24% for domestic flights, resulting in a loss of tickets of 66%, tells us the International Air Transport Association (IATA) compared to 2019 and before the world started flirting with the Covid.
The Dubai Airshow is expected to welcome more than 85,000 visitors during the five-day event, which will bring together the aviation, aerospace, space and defense industries for what promises to be the most extraordinary experience in the history of air shows. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dubai Airshow has been the only major international aerospace show to be held face-to-face this year. This 17th edition, which should be the biggest event since the start of the show in 1989, will bring together more than 370 new exhibitors and representatives from nearly 150 countries including Morocco. There will be civilian and military delegations from over 140 countries and the event will feature 20 country pavilions, including new additions from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Brazil, Israel and Slovakia.
One of the show’s highlights will be the Static Park and In-Flight Exhibit, which will showcase more than 175 of the world’s most advanced aircraft on the ground and in the air. The air show will feature aerobatic demonstrations from the UAE Air Force’s Fursan, Russian Knights, Saudi Hawks, India’s Surya Kiran and Indian Air Force Team Sarang. Checkmate, the next-generation Sukhoi fighter jet will make its first international debut. The Boeing 777X and Leonardo AW609 will also make their debut at this year’s airshow. There will be new aircraft demonstrations from Bellwether Industries featuring the Antelope, an urban vertical take-off and landing vehicle with hidden propellers as well as the ANN2 from Manta Aircraft, a two-seater model for personal air mobility with a wide range of regional high speed.
The Dubai Airshow 2021, which runs through Thursday, will also showcase world-class products, solutions, technologies and services from market leaders and disruptors, enhanced networking opportunities and an advanced aircraft exhibition as well as major industry announcements. Aerospace startups will not be left out and will participate in the brand new startup hub. Dubai Airshow 2021 will focus on technology, providing a dedicated platform to showcase the latest emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, cybersecurity and automation.