2009 Review: 6 Air Shows on 3 Continents

2009 saw the Flightglobal team cover six international air shows on three continents.

At the start of the year was the Avalon Air Show outside Melbourne, Australia. At the show we found out Australia was interested in more C-130s, amongst other news and an update on the F-35 and Wedgetail (the latter delivered last month). The show saw a range of military aircraft as well as two of the newest commercial jets in Australia: the Qantas A380 and V Australia B777-300ER.

Next up the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg saw developments from seats to in-flight connectivity. The Flightglobal team also produced 3 editions of its Flight Daily News.

The big show of the year of course was Paris, and it was no less than the show’s 100th anniversary. The champagne was limited given the gloomy economy, but orders still flowed. AirAsia X ordered A350 XWBs and Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al-Baker had a stern warning for Boeing about 787 delays.

Moving away from the commercial side, Oshkosh,”the world’s greatest aviation celebration”–saw highlights including: a demonstration of Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo mothership “Eve”, the first display of the Airbus A380 in North America.

Flight International‘s 4-10 August editorial offers an insight into what Oshkosh is like for the visitor and its importance to the general aviation industry.

On the biz front, The National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting & Convention – held this year in Orlando, Florida, from October 6th – 8th is the world’s premium gathering for the business aviation community.

In its 61st year, the event is a showcase for all that’s new in the industry and a forum to debate key issues affecting users of business aircraft.

Over 33,000 attendees and exhibitors were expected at the Orange County Convention Center, while 120 aircraft were on static display at Orlando Executive Airport. The Flightglobal team also produced a daily briefing for the show.

Finally,
The Dubai Air Show, running from 15-19 November at the Airport Expo, adjacent to Dubai International Airport, is the foremost aerospace event in the Middle East and the fastest growing air show in the world.

The show saw an order from Oman for 10 E-175s and lots of other news from airlines and suppliers in the region. Plus our very own Mary Kirby was forever spoiled by a trip in first class on the Emirates A380.

That concluded 2009, but we’re already planning for next year: the Singapore Air Show is in January and Farnborough in July. Of course, you already know where to get all the latest coverage news, images, and videos from those air shows!

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