The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands exhibited for the first time this year at the biennially staged Dubai Airshow.
The 2007 show marked the 10th Anniversary of what is now being dubbed the third largest international airshow behind the Paris, France and Farnborough, UK shows, said a press release.
This year also marked the largest Dubai Airshow to date, with some 45,421 industry related visitors from 131 countries. There were a record number of exhibitors, aircraft displayed and on-site business conducted. With approximately 850 exhibitors representing 50 countries, 11 national pavilions, and over 140 aircraft on static display the show was judged a major success with over US$100 billion in aircraft sales taking place.
The show was opened by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and continued to have an impressive attendance list of influential leaders from the Middle Eastern marketplace.
The CAACI delegation attending included: Director-General of Civil Aviation, Richard Smith; Director of Air Safety Regulation at the CAACI Ian Scott, Director of Commercial Affairs Regulation & Administration, Nicoela McCoy, CAACI Airworthiness Surveyor, Barry Goodliffe, Conference and Event Planner from the CIIB, Melanie McField. The CAA delegation was joined by legal partners from the local community – Conyers Dill and Pearman, and overseas legal partner – Schafer & Partner from Germany.
Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands, Richard Smith commented, ‘The Dubai Airshow attracts a large cross-section of the aviation industry players . . . from major manufacturers to service providers, aircraft management and brokerage firms and owners as well as military.’ He continued, ‘This was an opportunity for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands to be recognised as a leader in aircraft registration. We have had significant interest from the Middle Eastern markets to compliment our already visible presence in the European marketplace.’
Director of Commercial Affairs Regulation, Mrs. Nicoela McCoy remarked, ‘not only was our attendance at the tradeshow another milestone for the CAACI in the outreach to new markets, it served to enhance general awareness of the Cayman Islands and related investment and financial services available in the jurisdiction.’
In an on-going partnership with the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, they provided a vacation package for a lucky winner who registered with the CAACI at the Dubai Airshow.
The 2007 Dubai Airshow closed with key industry partners committing to exhibition space in the 2009 event, already registering 5,000 square meters of exhibition space being sold two years in advance.