By Neil Halligan
Event to move to November date for 2018
Bahrain International Airshow organisers said orders totalling $9 billion were signed during the three days of the event.
In its most successful event to date, the total figure is more than triple what was signed in 2014. It was largely made up of major deals involving Gulf Air, which announced $7.6 billion upgrade in aircraft orders and the $1.1 billion deal signed by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication to build a new terminal building at Bahrain International Airport.
Organisers also announced a change in the date for the next event in two years’ time. In a change from its usual January slot on the aerospace events calendar, the next event will take place November 14-16 2018, one year after the Dubai International Airshow (instead of the previous two months).
As well as the record deals of the show, the organisers said participation was also at an all-time high with more than 135 participating companies. Visitor numbers were also up with attendance figures for both the public and trade days at over 30,000.