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Monday, November 18, 2013

Dubai Airshow Opens at New Airport – Dubai World Central

By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief

The Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday for the first time in a new location south of Dubai city and the main international airport. This second airport, named Dubai World Central, is adjacent to the Free Zone port of Jebel Ali.

The organizers have stated that there are more than 1,000 exhibitors with up to 60,000 visitors expected during the show. Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Sikorsky all have representation at the show.

 

Eurocopter EC175 at Dubai Airshow. Photos by Andrew Drwiega

 

Four of the U.S. Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22s have flown to the show – two in the static area while two provide demonstration flights for VIP visitors and military. Other USMC helicopters on static display include the AH-1Z Viper and the AH-1Y Yankee, also from the USMC as well as Apache AH-64D Longbows and UH-60M Black Hawks from the UAE armed forces.

 

Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk at the 2013 Dubai Airshow.

 

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, opened the airshow in co-operation with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports, Dubai World Central and the UAE Armed Forces. The event runs from November 17-21.

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Bell 429 at the Textron Systems static display during the Dubai Airshow.

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