His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation, will officially open MRO Middle East, the second edition of the maintenance, repair, and overhaul conference and exhibition, running from 28 February to 1 March 2010 at the Airport Expo, Dubai.
The accompanying exhibition will see the return of established companies such as Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), Abu Dhabi Aviation Company (ADAC), Boeing, Lufthansa Technik and Rockwell Collins.
MRO Middle East is produced by F&E Aerospace, organiser of the biennial Dubai Airshow, in partnership with AVIATION WEEK.
Alison Weller, Director of F&E Aerospace, expressed her optimism for another successful MRO event. “The maintenance, repair and overhaul industry continues to thrive, even in the current economic climate, as both the civil and military aviation industries are bound to continue to maintain their fleet and equipment to the optimum operating standards.
This was evident during the recent Dubai Airshow, where the number of MRO deals struck was truly substantial, most notably the 11-year renewal of the maintenance co-operation between Mubadala-owned SR Technics and low-cost carrier EasyJet, which offers potential revenue of US$1.6 billion".
“Within this region, StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise [DAE] company, won an overhaul order worth US$36 million. It makes sense that the world’s leading MRO experts and companies are setting their sights on the Middle East, the only region in the world which continues to achieve double-digit growth in passenger traffic.”
In its report on the latest international scheduled traffic results for November 2009, IATA stated that the Middle East recorded the highest growth in passenger numbers, up 16.5 per cent, compared to the Asia-Pacific region (+5.1 per cent) and Latin America (+8.2 per cent).
Airbus has forecast that the Middle East region is set to take delivery of 730 aircraft by 2018, with a further 689 on order up to 2028.
The Boeing 2009 outlook valued the Middle East market at US$300 billion over the next two decades, with translates into an expected requirement for 1,710 commercial jets.