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ISSUE December 2016

‘Infrastructure development and modernisation opening doors to opportunities in the Middle East aviation sector’

Airport Show Exclusive Interview: Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East - By Aviation Technology

The Airport Show has emerged as the top aviation event of the Middle East which has been attracting strong interest from global aviation industry players. The show has growth from strength to strength in the 16 years since it started. The 17th edition promises to be a milestone edition for the Airport Show, says Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibition Middle East.

In an exclusive interview with Aviation Technology, Qureshi spoke about what makes Middle East the world’s most attractive market for global aviation industry players and how the Airport Show 2017 will cater to the rapidly changing aviation environment.

Airport Show enters its 17th edition next year. Can you share with us the highlights?

Daniyal Qureshi - Airport Show has become the largest and the most sought after event for the aviation industry and an ideal B2B platform for companies to showcase aviation related products and services.

There is a strong interest in this region from the global aviation industry, which has led to an almost 20 per cent increase in year-on-year space bookings for the 2017 edition, taking place from May 15-17, 2017, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai.

Last year’s edition was the most successful so far and we expect 2017 to be even better. In 2016, the show had a participation of over 300 exhibitors from 55 countries in a gross space of approximately 15,000 square metres.

In 2017, Airport Show will be bigger and the 2017 edition will be a milestone for Airport Show, especially as we bring the world’s latest and leading technologies to cater to the requirements of smart airports.

We are expecting more than 300 leading companies from around the world to participate in the 2017 event, introducing their latest product and service offerings to an estimated over 7,500 attendees. It will cover seven sectors: Airport Build and Installations, Airfield Construction and Installations, Airport Operations, Airport Security, Airport Technology and IT, Ground Support Equipment and Services, and Air Traffic Management. Due to popular demand, Airport Security and Air Traffic Management will have its own dedicated zones.

The Show will continue to serve as the best platform for companies to showcase their airport and aviation-related products and services. It is the world’s leading B2B event for airport procurement, supplies, solutions, and technology and enjoys a solid support from both the government and private sectors making an industry favourite.

Over the years, Airport Show has expanded and caters to the requirements of diverse segments within the industry. Business Connect, launched in 2016 will be back again offering visitors the chance to arrange pre-scheduled meetings with key industry leaders from regional airport authorities and contractors of mega airports projects, And now we have Airport Business Connect, Africa Business Connect and Air Traffic Control Business Connect to cater to the growing requirements of these segments. Similarly, ‘Women in Aviation Middle East’ is a platform which supports and enable women to adopt aviation as a career and attracts participation from women from the UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Romania and other countries. The Show will also feature World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Middle East (WTCEME), which has become one of the world’s most sought after dedicated events for the travel catering industry; and Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF), as co-located events.

With the number of air passengers witnessing a massive growth worldwide, what are the key areas that airports are focusing on?

Daniyal Qureshi - Demand for air travel is estimated to double over the next two decades. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, compared to 3.8 billion in 2016.

The key challenge with the rising numbers is to not only to handle this growth, but handle it efficiently. This involves infrastructure, to ensure that procedures are faster, easier and the journey is comfortable. Security, at the same time, is the topmost priority.

Airports worldwide are seeking ways to efficiently deal with all these aspects. At the same time, resources are a crucial factor, driving the need for more innovative solutions.

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DXB welcomes 6.4 million passengers in October

Dubai International, the world’s leading international hub, welcomed 6.4 million passengers in October, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,420,208 passengers compared to 6,250,810 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 2.7 per cent. Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 6.8 per cent to 69,366,094 compared to 64,947,684 recorded during the first ten months of 2015.

Eastern Europe led the pack again as the fastest-growing market in October (+25.2 per cent) thanks to additional capacity and new services launched by a number of airlines, followed by South America (9.9 per cent), Asia (8.2 per cent) and the Indian Subcontinent (6.7 per cent). India remained the top destination country (901,958 passengers), followed by the UK (493,181 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (349,198 passengers).

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Passenger traffic at DWC surges 161 per cent in Q3

Dubai World Central (DWC) which is listed among the world’s top 20 international freight hubs is now gaining ground in the region as a popular airport for passengers with traffic surging 161 per cent in the third quarter, according to a report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

DWC welcomed 191,950 passengers during Q3, a sharp increase of 161 per cent compared to 73,466 passengers recorded during the corresponding period in 2015. The year to date traffic totalled 602,228 passengers, up 112 per cent compared to 283,455 recorded during the first nine months in 2015. Passenger traffic at DWC is mainly driven by flydubai, one of Dubai’s two flagship carriers which in addition to its operations at Dubai International’s Terminal 2, operates 35 weekly flights to five destinations from DWC. Qatar Airways and Wizz Air are the two other major carriers carrying out scheduled passenger operations from DWC.

A total of 3 passenger carriers operate an average of 140 flights weekly to 10 international destinations from DWC, which is also home to 32 scheduled cargo operators that connect the airport to as many as 107 destinations around the world.

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Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) showcases latest innovation in the Air Traffic Management

In accordance with the directives of HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that encourages all organisations to demonstrate their innovative initiatives under the umbrella of “Dubai Innovation Week”, Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the leading air navigation services provider of Dubai and the Northern Emirates proactively showcased the cutting edge technology and innovative concepts utilised in providing safe, efficient and expeditious air traffic management services in the Dubai Airspace through various activities both within the Aviation sector and to the public.

The organisation participated in the “Dubai Innovation week” through showcasing a display of its unique and cutting edge Tower Simulator (TOSIM) during the “ Innovation in Aviation” event that was held by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for the first time in its history earlier at the beginning of the week. As the event showcased the various innovative initiatives present in the Aviation sector, the Tower Simulator demonstration was a representation of the actual cutting edge Tower simulator facility operated by dans in its headquarters in Al Maktoum International Airport. The TOSIM, which is the World’s largest 360 degrees system, is capable of mimicking any airport environment, and is utilised by dans as a training facility to train Air Traffic Control Officers as well as being an experimental hub where all the new air traffic management procedures are thoroughly trailed before being implemented in live operations as their safety cases are being developed. In addition, the facility currently operates more than 1000 hours of training a year over 300 training days annually, providing regulatory training to 70 Air Traffic Controllers currently working in the Air Traffic Control Tower at Dubai International Airport (DXB) .

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CAPA unveils partnership for 2017 Global Airport Leaders Forum in Dubai

CAPA - Centre for Aviation has announced an agreement with Reed Exhibitions to be the event partner for next year’s Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF), taking place in Dubai during 16-17 May 2017. The event will occur on the sidelines of the 17th Dubai Airport Show. It will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

CAPA will bring together airport and aviation leaders from the around the world to address strategic and geopolitical challenges and opportunities facing airport operators, regulators and airport industry suppliers, providing a platform to engage, exchange knowledge, share best practices, forge partnerships and discuss issues of common interest.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed said GALF brings international aviation experts and leaders to Dubai offering an invaluable opportunity to share ideas and contribute to the sustainable growth of the global aviation industry.

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Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu re-elected as President of ICAO Council

Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu was re-elected by acclamation today for a second three-year term as President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“Over the past three years, ICAO has been working tirelessly to promote the importance of civil aviation to socio-economic development, as well as its prioritization in national and regional investment and development planning," Dr. Aliu noted in his acceptance remarks. “We have also made great strides in securing the assistance and capacity building our Member States need most, under the ICAO No Country Left Behind initiative, and will now look forward to its next iteration which will be more focused on aviation infrastructure development.”

“The ICAO Council has played a key leadership role in this process, and its guidance will now be needed more than ever to assure the fast-tracked development of the new ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) endorsed at the 39th Assembly, to make ICAO’s audit processes more efficient and effective, to ensure ICAO fully optimizes its extensive audit and other data, to refine all of our programmes and priorities, and importantly to help ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) become fully operational by 2020.”

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Aviation benefits for sustainable development highlighted at Ashkhabad Global Sustainable Transport Conference

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu made a strong case for civil aviation and its many contributions to sustainable socio-economic development while attending the United Nations’ first ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference this past weekend in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan.

"Important current priorities include enhancing airport capacity in increasingly dense urban environments, improving the efficiency of air navigation systems so that more aircraft can safely share a finite airspace, and mitigating emissions from expanding air traffic so that aviation maintains its status as a leading global industry in the fight against climate change. Solutions to these challenges are mainly associated with greater awareness, political will, partnerships and commitments,” she commented.

Dr. Liu shined a spotlight on the key objectives now being pursued globally for air transport modernization and investment, as well as the dependable returns from those investments for the implementation of ICAO Standards and global plan, which governments could expect in terms of sustainable development and enhanced prosperity.

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Infrastructure and investment key to continued sustainability of Latin American civil aviation

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed to an audience of Latin American Directors General of Civil Aviation that “the strong traffic growth forecast for Latin America clearly underscores the pressing need for infrastructure development and modernization, and to ensure that aviation development remains a priority in national development plans.”

President Aliu further highlighted the need for Latin American States to take pragmatic measures to build transparent, stable and predictable investment climates to support aviation development, for example by engaging multiple stakeholders as global aviation partners.

His remarks were delivered to the 22nd Assembly of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC), which is taking place through Wednesday this week in Ibague, Colombia.

Besides his points on the Region’s pressing infrastructure and development concerns, and updates to the Latin American DGCAs on the results and achievements which emerged from ICAO’s recently-concluded 39th Assembly, President Aliu also noted that current collaborative priorities for Latin American States emphasized the continued importance and reliable funding assurances for its Regional Safety Oversight Organizations (RSOOs).

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Council President inspires COP22 with positive updates on international aviation emissions

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu brought an inspirational message of hope and progress on environmental action to help kick off COP22 in Marrakesh this week, citing the momentum generated by the landmark international aviation emissions mitigation decisions forged this October at ICAO’s 39th Assembly.

“The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) endorsed at our Assembly will be the very first global market-based measure to address CO2 emissions from any industry sector,” President Aliu reported to the COP22 Plenary.

He also confirmed that States representing more than 86.5 per cent of international air traffic had already volunteered to participate in the new global market-based measure (GMBM) from its earliest pilot phase.

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CAE launches next-generation CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator

Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world's largest military simulation and training event, CAE launched its next-generation CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator.

Demonstrations of the CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator are being held throughout the show from November 28 to December 1 at the CAE booth (#1533).

The CAE Medallion-6000XR was developed with full support for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) CDB (formerly known as Common Database) standard and builds on the proven features and performance of CAE's long-standing Medallion-6000 family of image generators and visual solutions tailored specifically for the military market. The next-generation CAE Medallion-6000XR will continue to leverage commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) graphics processors and includes enhanced features that support the creation of highly realistic, interoperable and immersive synthetic environments. The CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator will include the following new features:

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CAE signs airline training agreements and deploys new full-flight simulators in its European training network

CAE announces today at the 2016 European Airline Training Symposium (EATS) a series of commercial aviation training contracts with Norwegian Airlines and Air Europa, as well as the deployments of full-flight simulators in its network to support the increasing training needs of European airlines. An additional Airbus A320 FFS will be delivered to CAE's training centre in Amsterdam, an ATR-600 FFS will be deployed at CAE's training centre in Madrid, Spain and a new Boeing 787 FFS will be located in a CAE training centre in Europe. These growth initiatives form part of CAE's previously disclosed capital deployment plan.

"Our European airline partners continue to experience great success, driving an increase in the need for pilot training, and we are honored to continue to be selected as their training partner of choice", said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "We are proud to equip our various training centres in the region to meet our partners demand."

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First A350-1000 successfully completes first flight

The first of three A350-1000 development aircraft to fly – MSN059 – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 15.00hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted four hours and 18 minutes.

The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Hugues Van Der Stichel, Experimental Test Pilot; Frank Chapman, Experimental Test Pilot and Gerard Maisonneuve, Test-Flight Engineer. Furthermore, monitoring all the test parameters at the Flight-Test-Instrumentation (FTI) station behind the cockpit were: Patrick du Ché, Head of Flight & Integration Tests; Emanuele Costanzo, Head of A350 Development Flight Tests; and Stéphane Vaux, Flight-Test Engineer.

Powered by Rolls-Royce’s new Trent XWB-97 engines, the aircraft traversed south-western France, during which the crew explored the aircraft’s handling and flight envelope. The aircraft was accompanied by a chase plane to observe and film the various manoeuvres. Its progress was monitored by experts on the ground in real-time via a direct telemetry link.

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Peach Aviation orders 10 A320neo and three A320ceo

Japan’s Peach Aviation has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 10 A320neo and three A320ceo aircraft. The order was announced at a signing ceremony in Tokyo attended by Shinichi Inoue, Managing Director and CEO, Peach Aviation and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

The aircraft will join Peach’s existing A320 Family fleet of 18 A320ceo with another two on order.

With the addition of the A320neo, the airline will become the first low cost carrier (LCC) in Japan to operate the latest member of the popular A320 Family.

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Air Arabia confirms options for five Airbus A320s

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, announced today that it has confirmed options for five additional Airbus A320 aircraft. The delivery of original contract covering 44 firm orders and 5 options will be completed in 2017.

The five new Airbus A320 aircraft will be put into service starting second quarter 2017 backlog and have a book value of USD485 million. These new aircraft will join Air Arabia’s expanding fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft currently serving over 120 routes from five operational hubs.

“We are pleased to confirm the options for five additional Airbus A320s. Air Arabia’s fleet innovation sits at the heart of the airline operational efficiency” said Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia. “Today, we operate one of the youngest fleets in the world and this approach will continue to drive our fleet growth strategy for the future. Our customers can expect the same cabin comfort and spacious seat configuration with the new five aircraft joining the fleet”.

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Qatar Airways Goes Live with AeroDocs Software by Arconics

The Qatar Airways Group has gone ‘live’ with a state-of-the-art documentation management system to enable the airline and its subsidiaries to host and share corporate manuals and policies with staff in real-time.

Qatar Airways has implemented AeroDocs software from Arconics, a ViaSat company, to provide a single centralised repository to revise and track all operational and non-operational company manuals and documentation for operational readiness. The ability to create, author, edit and mark all changes in a visible manner over the web enables team members to easily keep abreast of, and be alerted to, relevant procedural modifications as and when they happen.

From a safety and security standpoint, the carrier has been pro-active in following an IOSA recommendation to have documentation managed under “a centralised corporate scheme of document hierarchy”. The system provides the tools necessary to establish a routine regulatory compliance programme.

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