The Eurasia Airshow, which will take place in Antalya on April 25-28, 2018, will bring together decision makers of the global aerospace industry. This will be Turkey's first international commercial and military aerospace organization and is expected to generate about $40 billion in business volume.
The airshow will be organized under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey with ambitious targets and will be repeated bi-annually. Moreover, it aims to be one of the most important airshows on par with the Paris Airshow, Farnborough Airshow, Dubai Airshow and the Singapore Airshow, which have been well recognized in the aviation industry.
The Eurasia Airshow, which is supported by a number of institutions and organizations, will gather significant players from the aerospace industry from all over the world. Signifying importance of the airshow being held under the auspices of the presidency, Eurasia Airshow General Manager Ferhat Yebibertiz said: "We were honored and proud that the Eurasia Airshow was organized under the auspices of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This is very important support for our event. When we look at all of the projects carried out under the auspices of our president, we see that they are all projects that add value to Turkey. It made us proud that the Eurasia Airshow has also been evaluated in this context."
'Turkey will be a global brand'
Stating that global organizations, such as the Dubai, Singapore, Farnborough and Paris Airshows were also given similar government support, Yebibertiz said: "We believe that the president of the Republic of Turkey will carry the Eurasia Airshow more strongly towards its targets. The other major airshows around the world became world-class brands with similar government support. This support increases the interest in the organization when it comes to international participants."
Moreover, he stated that they have started negotiations with important public institutions and organizations, such as: the Turkish Armed Forces' General Staff, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Undersecretariat of the Defense Industry, the General Directorate of State Airports' Operations, and the General Directorate of Civil Aviation.
Yebibertiz pointed out that Turkey's first Eurasia Airshow will be one of the important global brands, similar to Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ / TAI), in the international aviation sector.
More than 400 companies to participate the show
Pointing out that they will organize the Eurasia Airshow in Antalya, which is an important tourist location that also hosted important organizations, such as the G-20, Yebibertiz said: "Within the Antalya International Airport, which is one of Turkey's top-three busiest airports with sufficient infrastructure and size, there will be a static exhibition area for more than 100 airplanes with the total of 300,000 square meters of area, 50,000 square meters closed area and 65 chalets allocated by the State Airports Authority. With the participation of more than 400 companies and more than 150 military and civilian delegations, we aim to host around 100,000 people at the Eurasia Airshow."
He also said they have been carrying out an intensive publicity campaign for the event and that they had contacts in many countries for this purpose. Moreover, he indicated that the contract process with the participants has begun.
Airline leaders will meet at the summit
Yebibertiz also added that they will organize a summit for decision makers in the sector, including military, commercial and aerospace companies, airline companies, aircraft maintenance companies, military and civilian delegations and the top executives of at least 12 airline companies.
Yebibertiz also underscored that the $40 billion business volume is an ambitious figure and that they expect it to consist of agreements, potential aircraft purchases and aircraft orders expected to take place in 2018.