MEBAA Show Morocco, the first business aviation show of its kind in the region, has closed its doors on a high after a successful two-day run.
Over 2033 visitors flocked to Mohammed V airport, Casablanca in order to view displays from the leading players in the business aviation market, from Aeroshell to XJet. Among the visitors was Sheikh Mohammed Al Mualla, who spent time viewing the aircraft on offer and touring the site with chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).
Ali Alnaqbi confirmed “We are pleased with the response and support that MEBAA Show Morocco has received from both exhibitors and visitors. The show has exceeded our expectations.” He continued, “I am thrilled to announce that after discussions with the Moroccan government, MEBAA Show Morocco will be a biennial show.”
The African business aviation market has been resilient through the global financial crisis and new aircraft sales fared better than in developed markets such as Europe and North America, according Africabusiness.com, stating that Africa’s business jet fleet has more than doubled in the last 10 years.
Exhibitors at MEBAA Show Morocco were keen to benefit from the opportunities of this growing market and were pleased with the results.
A particular attraction of the static display were the Bombardier Global 6000 and the Gulfstream G550 aircraft, which drew crowds on both days. With visitors keen to see the aircraft on display up close, none of them were disappointed by the luxury cabin and impressive speed ability in the models on display.
Alnaqbi closed with thanking all of those involved in making the show a success, saying, “The success of MEBAA Show Morocco really is a credit to everyone involved, in particular the Moroccan Ministry of Equipment Transport and Logistics, but also ONDA, DGCA, VIP Jet and all of our sponsors.”
MEBAA Show Morocco was held under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and organised by F&E Aerospace on behalf of MEBAA. The next edition of the show will take place in 2017.