In pictures: Abu Dhabi Air Expo takes to the skies
March 5, 2013
Orders have been rising in the region, according to manufacturers, and the industry is projected to keep growing. Bombardier estimates that there will be 735 new business jets in the region by 2021, and a further 1,260 bought between 2022 and 2031. Sammy ???
The Gulf Stream 650. The US-based manufacturer, has already enjoyed significant growth in the Middle East in the past five years and is expecting more. It had 146 aircraft in the region last year, up from about 110 in 2007. Sammy Dallal / The National
The G650, which is being exhibited for the first time in the Middle East at the air expo, is the fastest business jet on the market, and can fly from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi in about 13 hours, shaving about two hours off the journey time of a larger passen???
The three-day event is the only general aviation exhibition in the region and is expected to draw more than 12,000 visitors. Sammy Dallal / The National
The Middle East market for business jets is taking off as companies become more aware of the benefits of private flights, according to manufacturers. Sammy Dallal / The National
The flight deck of a Falcon business jet. The range an aircraft can travel has become more important for business jets, Renaud Cloatre, the general manager of Dassault Falcon Middle East, says. Sammy Dallal / The National
Jetcraft's Airbus A310. Sammy Dallal / The National
Visitors look at an Aeroprakt A-22LS light sport aircraft. Ben Job / Reuters
Visitors are seen outside an Airbus A310-304 on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Air Expo at Al Bateen Executive Airport. The air expo runs from March 5-7. Ben Job / Reuters
Some of the industry’s biggest players are looking to capitalise on the trend by taking part in the second annual expo. Ben Job / Reuters
Visitors look at helicopters at the expo. Ben Job / Reuters
Visitors walk past a Qatar Executive aircraft at Al Bateen. Ben Job / Reuters