India Aviation – 2010 beginning at the Begumpet airport here from March 3 to 7 will see about 200 companies in the civil aviation sector showcasing the latest aerospace technology available in the world.

Big names in the industry like Airbus, Boeing, Cessna, Bell and Bombardier will be among 115 companies from abroad to display their products and services. The ‘AN-148’ passenger aircraft produced by Antonov UAC, Russia, will be on display for the first time in India. Forty other aircraft, big and small, will also be there for static and flying demonstration.

The A 320 aircraft would be delivered to Air India and Indigo by the manufacturer, said Vivek Kodikal, Regional Director of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), which is jointly organising the event with the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

He told a press conference on Saturday that the five-day event which is the second edition of India Aviation will feature “who’s who” in aviation sector. The first three days will be devoted exclusively for business, including seminars, and the last two days for viewing by general public at Rs. 200 a head. The public will be allowed in sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The fee for business visitors is Rs. 500 a head.

Mr. Kodikal said US, France, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia and the Netherlands have bought space to set up their own pavilions. Eighteen airlines, aircraft manufacturers and airport infrastructure companies from India and abroad have also taken hospitality chalets for meetings with customers in typical air show atmosphere. They include Kingfisher, Airbus, Boeing, Qatar Airways, Pawan Hans, GVK and GMR.

Parking lots

T. Muralikrishna, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said it was decided to throw open the exhibition to public for two days keeping in view the traffic jam on Begumpet road for several hours due to one-day restriction on the last occasion. Moreover, parking lots have been provided this time at the cargo area beside the airport, Hyderabad Public School Wesley College, Gymkhana and Parade grounds.

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