Aviation Week’s MRO Middle East conference takes place in Dubai next week. Among the topics up for discussion are the continued concerns over manpower in the region, and how partnerships and training can help tackle this problem. We'll talk about the cutting edge technologies available to airlines including the newest maintenance management and IFE systems.
Back in Amsterdam at MRO Europe, we discussed the impact of leasing on MRO maintenance costs. We'll continue that discussion in Dubai next week, looking at how the growth of aircraft leasing in the region creates challenges for maintenance providers.
Our panel discussion will center around the growth of air traffic and fleet sizes in the MENA region, and how aerospace businesses can keep up with the pace of demand. We’ll also debate whether airlines should be developing their own in-house capabilities, or continue to outsource maintenance.
With all eyes on Boeing following the worldwide grounding of 787 fleets amid battery failures, our session on the challenges of introducing new aircraft types into the fleet is sure to be a lively conversation.
We’ll also discuss supply chain challenges, new generation engines and the impact of operating in extreme temperatures in the Middle East.
Also, don’t miss keynote speeches from Amer Hadidi, CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines, Ahmad A. Alzabin, Chairman & CEO of ALAFCO and Nader Khalawi, CEO of Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries.
For the first time, Aviation Week’s editors will be live blogging from the conference sessions. Stay tuned Monday through Wednesday for our updates on what’s being discussed by our panel and attendees. If you're not able to make it to Dubai next week, you’ll still be able to participate in the discussion by logging in and discussing these topics with us.
If you’re on Twitter, the hashtag for MRO Middle East is #MROME.
Attendees can also pick up a complimentary copy of the latest Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. Our cover story looks at the turbulent times facing Middle East airlines as the aftershocks of the Arab Spring still linger.
See you in Dubai!