Bahrain Transport Chiefs set for Dubai air show

Bahrain's Minister of Transport, Sheikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa is part of a large delegation from the island kingdom due to visit the Dubai 2003 air show.

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By  Rhys Jones Published  December 3, 2003

Bahrain's Minister of Transport, Sheikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa is part of a large delegation from the island kingdom due to visit the Dubai 2003 air show.

Other VIP delegates from Bahrain due at the show include air transport director Ahmed Niamat; under secretary for aviation services, Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud; Gulf Air president and CEO, James Hogan and DHL aviation general manager, Paul Bishop.

The Bahrain delegation is among more than 350 VIP delegations from 84 countries invited to the show, including the heads of more than 70 international airlines and 88 ministers of defence, transport and communications, as well as scores of civil aviation chiefs.

The invites are part of delegation programmes organised by the UAE Ministry of Defence and the Department of Civil Aviation and the Government of Dubai in conjunction with the show organisers, Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E).

"This is the most expansive of the Dubai air show's celebrated official delegations programme," says Clive Richardson, chief executive, Aerospace Group, F&E. "It has long been a key exhibitor benefit for the Dubai air show that it delivers the highest calibre of decision-maker, ensuring exhibitors get to meet the people they most wish to and who would otherwise be difficult to access."

Among Dubai 2003 exhibitors is Bahrain Executive Air Services (BEXAIR), one of the Middle East's aviation newcomers. BEXAIR is set to press ahead with a fleet expansion programme and announce a key aircraft purchase at Dubai 2003.

The charter airline, which was launched at the last Dubai air show in 2001, says its business is progressing as planned and requires the acquisition of an additional long-range aircraft and type feasibility studies are currently underway.

BEXAIR, which currently provides executive aircraft charter services throughout the Middle East to international destinations, says regional demand for executive air services is at an all-time high.

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