Hamburg’s aviation sector will be showcasing assets to an international audience at the Dubai Airshow for the first time this year, with the Hamburg Aviation cluster promoting world’s third-largest site of civil aviation at the German Pavilion. The Dubai Airshow takes place every two years. With more than 1,100 exhibitors from 60 countries, it is one of the most important aviation trade fairs in the world and has seen continued growth since iits launch in 1986. Hamburg Aviation will use its presence at the airshow to strengthen its international network and to highlight the aeronautic competencies of the Hamburg metro region in aircraft cabin, research, education and training.
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“Two of Hamburg’s core areas are particularly important in the Gulf Region: aircraft cabins, and maintenance and modification”, says Dr Franz Josef Kirschfink, Managing Director of Hamburg Aviation. “Furthermore, the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, one of the world’s most innovative aviation research facilities, will open in Hamburg in 2016. The Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT) has established itself on the international stage in the training and education field. We want to use our presence as part of the German Pavilion to enhance our international profile and demonstrate why Hamburg is a world leader in civil aviation.
Hamburg & UAE: Close Ties
Hamburg’s aviation industry is closely linked with the Gulf Region. With 140 confirmed orders for the Airbus A380, Dubai’s flag-carrier Emirates is by far the largest customer for this model. Since 2015, the airline has also been a platinum sponsor of the aircraft interiors’ “Oscars”, the Crystal Cabin Award granted by Hamburg Aviation. Neighbouring state carrier Qatar Airways is the first customer for the Airbus A320neo and will be taking delivery of the aircraft on the banks of the Elbe river in just a few months. Lufthansa Technik, a global market leader in the MRO and modification sector, also has a substantial customer base in the Gulf region. Several Hamburg-based suppliers to the aviation industry, including Vartan Product Support and Asscom, operate branches in the United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai Airshow 2015 is taking place from 8 to 12 November at Dubai World Central Airport, just to the south of the desert metropolis. The significance of the event now reaches well beyond the Arabian Peninsula. With exhibitors from 60 countries, it is a veritable Who’s Who of civil and military aviation. More than 160 aircraft will be showcased. The areas of focus at the Dubai Airshow 2015 will include 3D printing along with training and education. Orders placed at the last Dubai Airshow, in 2013, broke records with a combined value of roughly 200 billion euro.
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