The sixth edition of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) celebrates a decade of distinction and offers an exciting program of new features, industry-leading content and a premier networking experience with key regional decision-makers.
Organized by the Bahraini Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications and the Royal Bahraini Airforce in association with Farnborough International, the first day of the airshow announced several agreements and partnerships between leaders in the aerospace industry. Pratt & Whitney announced that Royal Jordanian Airlines (“Royal Jordanian”) has selected up to 30 next-generation single-aisle aircraft powered by GTF engines to fly its entire narrow-body fleet over the next three to five years. and will replace regional jet fleet. Specifically, the airline has selected GTF engines to power up to 20 new Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, including the A320neo and A321neo models. In addition, Royal Jordanian will exhibit up to 9 GTF-powered Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft, including the E190-E2 and E195-E2 models.
In addition, Gulf Air and Emirates officially signed a unilateral codeshare partnership starting this December. The new agreement offers easy connectivity and expanded choice for Gulf Air customers flying to Dubai and onward to a variety of Emirates destinations in Europe, Africa, South America and the Far East.
His Excellency Mr. Mohammed bin Thamer Al Kaabi, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications said: “Today marks the return of the Bahrain International Airshow following the success of previous years and a commitment to increasing the continuity and sustainability of the various economic sectors in the Kingdom of Bahrain in general and the aviation industry in particular. In planning this year’s exhibition, we have taken care to incorporate world best practices and draw on the lessons learned from the world’s leading aviation shows to create a unique environment conducive to the business and growth aspirations of the Kingdom and attendees. We have also developed an integrated program that allows civilian and military delegations to directly contact and interact with companies and decision makers.”
Building on BIAS’ goal of providing a center of excellence and education, Corrin Higgs, an Airbus sustainability expert, held a workshop that introduced Bahraini university students to the latest innovations and sustainability trends in the aviation industry and Airbus’ journey towards cleaner air – and space travel. its sustainability strategy focuses on reducing the carbon emissions of its current aircraft and its goal to launch the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035.
In the afternoon, the skies over Sakhir Air Base were packed with the world’s most renowned Air Display Teams and aircraft, with showcases of the Gulf Air 787, RBAF, JF-17, Fursan Al Emarat, UAE Mirage 2000, RSAF Typhoon, USAF F-16 Demoteam , Global Stars, Red Arrows, DHL B767-300 Flypast, UAE F16, Saudi Hawks and P-8 Flypast.
The Bahrain International Airshow will continue on November 10th and November 11th, 2022.