From November 17th - 21st AIA members participated in the 2013 Dubai Airshow (DAS), held for the first time at the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai. AIA supported more than 450 U.S. government and military personnel from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of State, and Department of Defense participating at DAS.
DAS 2013 featured more than 1,000 exhibitors in this year's record-breaking show, which generated over $200 billion worth of orders, including more than $100 billion worth of orders for the Boeing Company alone, which announced the launch of its new 777X on the first day of the show. GE Aviation, through its joint venture company CFM International, also captured $40 billion worth of orders.
During DAS, AIA helped organize and maintain the U.S. Departmnt of Defense Corral, which featured aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-15E Strike Eagle, MV-22 Osprey, E-2C Hawkeye, C-130J Hercules, AH-1Z Cobra, UH-1Y Huey, and, making its international trade show debut, the P-8 Poseidon. In addition to the aircraft in the static display both the F-22 Raptor and B1-B Lancer flew in the daily flying displays, and the CH-47 Chinook participated in demonstration flights.
Also at DAS, AIA hosted a luncheon that featured Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey, the new director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), and Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA). And AIA supported a number of aircraft corral tours and the opening Airshow industry reception on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. AIA hopes to build on this successful event increasing our advocacy and industry/government coordination efforts at the upcoming 2014 Singapore Airshow.
We thank our members for making the U.S. presence and activity at DAS 2013 such a success.