Friday, May 18, 2012

Airline E&M: Middle East Conference

UBM Aviation, Airline E&M: Middle East Conference was held at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi UAE from 14 through 16 May 2012. This year's conference is probably one of the most important because it brought together major players in the region to discuss the future of the industry in view of the ever changing threats both regionally and globally: from the ever rising price of oil, the Arab Spring and the situation in Syria, Iran and the West, Greece, Spain and the Euro Zone crisis.

This year UBM Aiation invited people from outside the industry to provide their analysis of the ever changing world scene; Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED and Mr. Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA.
Mr. Thompson discussed the economic outlook and the challenges facing the region while Mr. Kahwaji discussed the security implications of regional and global threats. The final analysis was; economically optimistic about the economic environment and short term pessimism but long term optimism as far as security goes.

The conference as usual discussed the future of MROs regionally and globally and the prospects of the smaller MROs as OEMs expand into the Repair and Overhaul field (more in future blogs). It also discussed Component Support, Engine Support, Leasing and Airworthiness issues.

This year's discussions were relatively more important, not only because of the prevailing global economy but because of the introduction of new technology aircraft and their impact on costs, support and operation.

Overall, the conference was a success and the introduction of speakers who are not aviation professionals to discuss issues affecting aviation from their perspective, I think is a great idea and should be repeated at later conferences

Kudos UBM Aviation

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