The event will be flagged-off by the minister for aviation Praful Patel. This will be preceded by a fly-past by Surya Kiran of the Indian Air Force. Aero Club of India will have a display of para-sailing, para-jumping and hot-air-ballooning during the opening ceremony. Rare photographs dating back to the birth of Indian civil aviation in 1932 and models of aircraft used by Air India in the last 75years will be on display. In the event Airbus A-319 will arrive from Germany. Raghu Menon, CMD Air India, will take possession of the aircraft which would be inducted into Air India’s growing fleet. The arrival of the largest passenger aircraft in the world, Airbus A-380 from France on the on Thursday will be another keenly awaited moment of the show.
According to Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president of Boeing (commercial, airplanes), said India had potential to buy 1,001 planes at an estimated cost of $105 billion and about 110 airplanes are slated for delivery in the next 10 years to Air India, Jet and Spice.
More than 200 exhibitors from lead- ing aviation and allied industries from around the world are participating. Air- bus, Boeing, EADS, HAL, BEL, Rolls Royce, Engine Alliance, Cessna Aircraft Company, Bell Helicopter, Textron, ATR, Bombardier, etc are some of the major exhibitors who will add glamour to this mega event. To add to the excitement and interest of visitors, especially the young enthusiasts three simulators are on demonstration by Jeet Aerospace, AP Aviation Academy and SRK Aviacom.
Major airlines such as Air India, Kingfisher, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, etc will demonstrate their profile and services in an area covering over 12,000 sq metre which also has facilities like hospitality chalets and air-conditioned pavilions. The composition of display includes 37 International and domestic aircraft from A-380 the largest to Pushpak the smallest aeroplane, besides Boeing-777, Airbus A-330, Learjet, Global Express, Challenger, CRJ-900 (Bombardier), Gulfstream, Ilyushin, Hawker, Beechcrafts, Cessnas and Helicopters.Some of the aircrafts that have landed as of now are ALH, Citation CJ2, Global Express, Eurocopter 145, Hawker 850 XP, Falcon 900 EX, HANSA, Bell Helicopter 412 and others like B-777 300ER, A-319, Learjet 60 XR, Challenger 605, CRJ 900, etc are expected to arrive during the course of the day.