A total of 20 companies from the French aircraft interior and maintenance industry will participate in the new edition of AIME & MRO Middle East, which will be held simultaneously in Dubai from March 1st to 2nd.
Airlines, MRO centers, equipment manufacturers, suppliers and investors from around the world will gather at this leading regional event to strengthen the aviation and aircraft manufacturing ecosystem.
For two days, the French delegation will benefit from a revitalized industry that is benefiting from a recovery in global air traffic that is expected to surpass pre-pandemic levels as early as 2024, according to IATA. .
The expansion of incumbent airlines in the Middle East, which have become major players in the global aviation industry, the emergence of low-cost airlines such as Flydubai, Air Arabia and Flynas, as well as through the construction of new airports and the expansion of existing ones, are benefiting the local aviation industry.
Through continuous investments and partnerships, Air France is well positioned in the region. For example, Airbus and Safran have been actively involved in close technical cooperation, bringing new capabilities and advancements to local industry.
France is the second largest supplier of aviation equipment to the UAE. The UAE aviation industry is also estimated at EUR 47 billion (AED 184 billion), with 509 aircraft, accounting for more than 25% of the regional civil MRO market, estimated at over EUR 10 billion (AED 40 billion).
One of the most notable aspects of the UAE-France relationship in the aviation sector is the close collaboration between Emirates and European aircraft maker Airbus, with 80 A350s set to be delivered in 2022.
In addition, Emirates is updating and overhauling its fleet of 114 A380 aircraft, 67 of which will undergo cabin refurbishment. The project, estimated to cost hundreds of millions of euros, has signed a contract with France’s Safran to provide the seats for the new cabin. Arguably, the partnership between Emirates and Airbus has in recent years contributed decisively to the development of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the A380, which Emirates operates on its long-haul routes.
The trend in the UAE is aircraft customization, whether it’s engines or interiors. The French aircraft and equipment manufacturer has perfected this expertise by focusing on innovation: lighter equipment, differentiation through customization, optimized use of space, in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems (IFEC) and more.
France’s innovation strategy is reflected in new product development and maintenance methods, as well as technological advances that use artificial intelligence, big data, digital simulation, 3D printing and predictive maintenance to optimize aviation. The national strategy aims to develop “CO2-free” aircraft by 2035, for which 1.5 billion euros will be invested.
This is in line with the local aviation industry, which is also concerned with sustainability, with airlines and airports investing in environmentally friendly technologies and practices. For example, Dubai International Airport has set a goal of becoming a zero-waste airport by 2030, while Etihad Airways is committed to developing sustainable aviation fuel.
Saudi Arabia plans to invest 356 billion riyals ($100 billion) in aviation over a decade, a major source of opportunity for French manufacturers, and the announcement of the new King Salman Airport, expected to accommodate 120 million passengers by 2030, As well as the announcement of the new national airline RIA and an order for 100 new aircraft. The Kingdom also plans to increase its air cargo capacity to 5 million tons per year. Thales and Saudia will partner in 2023 to provide maintenance and support services for the airline’s air navigation system.
The French exhibiting companies at this year’s AIME & MRO intend to empower international airlines by offering dedicated IT solutions as well as innovative solutions for air traffic detection and monitoring equipment, aircraft and engine storage, transition, maintenance and environmental recycling.
Industry players can interact with experts in aircraft structures and connection systems, technical container engineering and GSE, testing and qualification, research and development, cabin interiors and air traffic management to enhance passenger safety and experience.
Overall, the aviation industry in the Middle East is experiencing significant growth and innovation with a focus on infrastructure development, investment in new technologies, while promoting and exploring sustainable alternatives. The French company MRO will offer new solutions to increase the efficiency and safety of the industry. – trade arab news agency