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Boeing to deliver 110 aircraft to Air India and Jet Airways

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel to open event

Begumpet airport to be show’s permanent venue

HYDERABAD: Even as the stage is set for inauguration of the four-day mega air show ‘India Aviation-2008’ on Wednesday, the Begumpet airport has been chosen as the permanent venue for biennial event.

Several more aircraft landed here on Tuesday, including Boeing-777 300 ER, which will be handed over to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy after inauguration of the show by Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel. Air India’s new acquisition, Airbus 319, will also be inducted into its fleet soon after it lands here from Hamburg on Wednesday.

Expressing happiness at the response from leading global aviation players for the event, the Joint Secretary, Civil Aviation, Arun Mishra, said that over 200 exhibitors from leading aviation and allied industries, including Airbus, Boeing, EADS, ATR, Bombardier, BEL, Cessna Aircraft Company would showcase their products.

Theme pavilion

Apart from a 30-minute-long flypast by IAF aircraft, the first day will also witness the opening of a theme pavilion on ‘History of Indian Civil Aviation.’ Rare photographs and models of aircraft used by Air India 75 years ago would be on display. A highlight of the show will be the arrival of Airbus A 380 on October 16.

While the exposition will be open only to business visitors on the first three days, either by invitation or tickets priced at Rs. 500 each, it would be thrown open to the public on the final day (October 18) on payment of an entry fee of Rs. 150.

The tickets are available at various branches of Andhra Bank and the venue.

The organisers have said that due to security reasons, children below 18 would not be allowed on the first three days. All people, irrespective of age, will be permitted to visit on October 18.

Around 12,000 business visitors are expected to attend the event on the first three days and 25,000 to 30,000 on the final day.

Meanwhile, Boeing has said it will deliver 110 aircraft to Air India and Jet Airways in the next five years.

Dinesh A. Keskar, senior vice-president, (sales, commercial aircraft) announced this soon after the arrival of the long haul Boeing 777 300 ER.

Mr. Keskar said that the total order booked from India was worth Rs. 1,500 crore.

On the decline in the number of passengers, he said that there might be a 10 per cent decrease globally.

Stating that rising fuel costs were responsible for it, he, however, expressed the hope that there would not be further decrease.