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Emirates’ new A380 is on display for visitors of the 2015 Dubai Airshow, a biennial aviation industry gathering held at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central © JV REYMONDON / Airbus Group 2015

Hamburg Aviation to Attend the Dubai Airshow for first time

The aviation industry of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region has close ties with the Gulf region. Dubai Airshow to take place 8-12 November at the Dubai World Central Airport

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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About Hamburg Aviation

Hamburg Aviation is the aviation industry cluster for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region – one of the world’s most important locations in the civil aviation industry with more than 40,000 highly qualified staff working on the future of aviation. Their core competencies cover the complete life cycle of an aircraft from the design to assembly and outfitting, to maintenance, repair and overhaul, and finally to recycling. In the third-biggest location of the civil aviation industry worldwide, the industry’s two giants, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, are joined by Hamburg Airport and more than 300 small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as a variety of scientific and technological institutions.

Companies, universities, associations, the economic authority and other partners have come together to form Hamburg Aviation, a cluster dedicated to advancing the city as an aviation location. Together, they pursue a common goal: to network research and development, thereby bringing to market high-quality products and services for the aviation of the future – products that are good for passengers and set the standards in terms of resource protection. In 2008, the Hamburg Aviation cluster has been recognised as a cluster of excellence by the German Ministry of Education and Research. In 2014, Hamburg Aviation was recognised by the European Commission’s ECEI Initiative as one of Europe’s best-managed clusters with the GOLD label.

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