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AIME & MRO Middle East AIME & MRO Middle East

French Companies Make Great Strides in Growing Middle East Aviation Sector

20 companies from the French aircraft interior and maintenance sector participated in the new edition of AIME & MRO Middle East, which was held simultaneously in Dubai on March 01-02.

Airlines, MRO centers, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and investors from around the world gathered at this leading regional event to enhance the aviation and aircraft manufacturing ecosystem. For two days, the French delegation benefited from a revitalized sector, that is benefiting from a resurgence in global air traffic, which is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels as early as 2024, according to IATA. .

The expansion of existing airlines in the Middle East, which are already major players in the global aviation industry, the emergence of low-cost carriers such as flydubai, Air Arabia and flynas, and investments in airport infrastructure with the construction of new airports and the expansion of existing ones, are benefiting the local aviation sector. With continuous investments and collaborations, French aviation companies are well positioned in the region. Airbus and Safran, for example, have been actively involved in close technical cooperation that has brought new capabilities and advances to the local industry.  

In a country that owns the largest civil aircraft fleet within the Gulf region, France is the second largest supplier of aeronautical equipment. The UAE aeronautical industry is also estimated at EUR47 billion (AED184 billion), with 509 aircraft and accounts for more than 25 percent of the regional civil MRO market, estimated at more than EUR10 billion (AED40 billion).