Numerous media attendees are arriving from across the globe to cover the highly anticipated Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2016 which will be held at the Sakhir Airbase, Kingdom of Bahrain, from 21–23 January 2016. The aviation industry will soon receive some major announcements from the airshow.
The show will see representation from the US, UK, France, India, Russia and Turkey. Furthermore, the high level aviation event will also see more participation from MENA states, with the largest participation yet from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from which numerous companies including Saudi Arabian Airlines will be joining for the first time, alongside Kuwait Airways, Emirates and previous attendees Qatar Airways. Multi-national organisations to date include Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Chevron, CFM, Finmeccanica, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Turkish Aerospace Industries, TAG Aeronautics and Thales Group.
Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, already signals that they will make some announcements. “As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain and a key national infrastructure asset it is integral for us to be involved in this significant, biennial event that adds great value to the growing prominence of the Kingdom’s aviation sector in the international arena. Held under the patronage of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, this three day event is a key business platform for international aviation companies and I am pleased to say that Gulf Air will have some very exciting aircraft announcements to make at BIAS 2016.” commented Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman AlMusallam.
Qatar Airways also announced its presence in the airshow where the company will exhibit three aircrafts; Qatar Airways’ A350, for which it was the global launch customer, an A380 and Qatar Executive’s Bombardier Global 5000 business jet. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We look forward to welcoming guests and visitors on board our very latest aircraft at the Bahrain International Airshow, and celebrating the one year anniversary of A350 operations as the global launch customer. This aircraft is the very latest in design, technology and comfort, and will make its first appearance at the air show this year, which will delight aviation enthusiasts, families and other visitors to the Middle East’s first major aviation event of 2016.”
On the second day of the show (22nd January 2016), the ‘Air Transport in the 21st Century Conference’ will be held. The first session of the conference will focus on Airlines and Passenger Experience and sees Kuwait Airways’ Philip Saunders; Qatar Airways’ Akbar Al Baker, Tamur Goudarzi-Pour from Lufthansa Middle East and Paul Byrne from Flymas discussing some of the major issues affecting Middle East carriers including increased competition, passenger experience, deregulation and the Open Skies agreement. Session two will focus on Middle East Airports and Airspace and features a panellist of Middle East aviation industry experts including Ahmed Al Nemah from Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’’ Civil Aviation Affairs, Richard Philips from Serco, Mohamed Yousif AlBinfalah from Bahrain Airport Company, John Swift from NATS, Alan Corner from Helio and Salvatore Scervo from Selex ES.
IATA will host a seminar regarding its new safety programme for smaller aircraft which will be held on the third day of the show (23rd January 2016). Based on its internationally recognised IOSA programme the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) programme will allow operators of smaller aircraft to participate in and benefit from the safety assessment standard. The programme is aimed at aircraft operating below 5,700 Kg Maximum-take-off weight as well as those whose business model does not allow conformity with the IOSA requirements. The seminar will explain what operators need to know about participating in the voluntary programme and the commercial benefits of doing so to their organisation.
Now in its fourth edition, BIAS is a focused global aviation event providing its elite list of aerospace business participants the opportunity for high-level networking in exclusive surroundings. With just 40 chalet participants and dedicated exhibition space, the event allows participants the opportunity to meet the extensive civil and military delegations invited as guests of HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa - HM the King's Personal Representative and Head of the Supreme Organising Committee of BIAS.