Bahrain Airshow 2018 News
Date Posted: 25/11/2018
This year the biennial Bahrain International Airshow was held at the Sakhir Air Base in the Kingdom of Bahrain, it marks the fifth event of its type held in Bahrain since its inception in 2010. The airshow was host to over 187 companies with various announcements being made over the three days that that re insures Bahrain as a go to airline hub in the Middle East. The airshow was held over three days from 14th to 16th November 2018.
Over just those three days, over USD $5 billion (approx. AUD $6.9 billion) worth of orders were placed, this is the highest ever turnover for the event in its short history. Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa attended the official opening of the show organised by both Bahrain Civil Aviation Affair department and Farnborough International.
Over USD $5 billion dollars of orders were placed, one boutique carrier took the spotlight and signed various deals with Airbus and engine manufacturers worth in excess of USD $3 Billion. SaudiGulf signed deals for ten firm aircraft orders along with an additional ten supplementary orders for a mix of the new generation Airbus A320neo and Airbus A321neo aircraft. The airframes it self will cost the career approximately USD $2.1 billion dollars, with the addition of the engine order it brought SaudiGulf’s total order value to USD $3.1 billion.
Besides trade and commercial orders one aircraft managed to steal the spotlight with most visitors that attended the show touring through an Airbus A380, which emirates generously provided for the whole three days that the airshow was held for. A6-EUV was open for the public to tour through, this airframe is special to Emirates in a various ways. This aircraft is the carriers 100th Airbus A380-800 in their fleet and it also holds the distinctive decal of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who is the founding father of UAE Emirates.
The Emirates A380 welcomed over 11,000 visitors over the tree days, all guests were able to admire the 14 luxurious First Class suites, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class and 429 generously pitched seats in Economy. Visitors were also treated to try out the newly refreshed on board lounge which is the usual go to place for passengers during a flight.
The Dubai based carrier, Emirates is the world’s largest operator of Airbus A380’s, at present the carrier has 105 in their fleet connecting passengers with destinations all around the world. Emirates was also the first airline to order the double-decker superjumbo when they were first announced. Since 2008, over 114 million passengers have flown on an Emirates operated A380 flight and if you were to tally up all of Emirates A380 flights, they would have travelled over 1.765 billion kilometers and operated over 129,000 return trips to various destinations around the world.
On display for the first time at the Bahrain Airshow was one of Emirates’ smallest aircraft in their fleet, the Phenom 100EV which is owned by Emirates Flight Training Academy. This aircraft welcomed over 2,000 visitors over the three days.
The next Bahrain Airshow will be held in 2020, stay tuned for dates.