MEBA reservations outstrip expectations
Dubai, October 30, 2007
Strong early day reservations for Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) 2008 have prompted organisers Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E) to expand the event's floorplan and chalet line by up to 50 per cent.
MEBA is a dedicated B2B conference and exhibition for the business aviation sector and will be held at the Airport Expo Dubai from November 16 to 18.
"Sales really took off following a successful push at last month's National Business Aviation Association event in Atlanta," said director-aerospace, F&E, Alison Weller. "Major names are already on the floorplan and projections are that the show in November next year could see up to 50 aircraft on static display."
Recent major-name show signings include: Canada's TAG Aeronautics, which is the exclusive representative throughout the Arab League and Turkey for the Bombardier range of business jets; the UAE's flight services provider Palm Aviation; Switzerland's Jet Aviation business aviation provider and Jet manufacturers Embraer and Gulfstream, who have become platinum sponsors of the event.
The UAE's Prestige Jet has also taken up platinum sponsorship of MEBA while global fuel, lubricants and services provider Air BP has signed on as silver sponsor for MEBA 2008.
The recent signings add to an already healthy floorplan with reservations from Dubai World Central, the urban aviation community being built in Jebel Ali, Action Aviation, Finnair, Fokker Services, Bexair, Air Charter International, Execujet , Airbus and Boeing.
"In the space of only two events MEBA now ranks among the top three business aviation shows in the world with its key appeal being the scale and potential of the marketplace which analysts predict will be worth US $800 million by 2012 - that's double its current estimated value," added Weller.
MEBA, which has the patronage of president, department of civil aviation, Government of Dubai and chairman of the Emirates group Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, is organised by F&E on behalf of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA). - TradeArabia News Service