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Aircraft ground operations to boom in the Middle East

(Xinhua)

15:15, November 17, 2011

DUBAI, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing Dubai Airshow is not only about planes, private jets and helicopters, but also a stage for providers of maintenance, repair and operations, known as MRO, for both civil and military aircraft.

According to Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy, the Middle East requires 1,921 new passenger and freighter aircraft ( above 100 seats) until 2030, which are valued at 347.4 billion U.S. dollars. Airbus' main rival Boeing, the U.S. bellwether, even predicts a need of 2,520 aircraft worth 450 billion U. S. dollars.

These figures reflect the immense need for MRO on the ground. Not to talk about new airports mushrooming in the region.

Professional maintenance is crucial to guarantee passengers' safety and to keep eco-efficiency of aircraft high.

The existing Dubai International Airport is expected to surpass Frankfurt am Main by serving over 50 million passengers in 2011 for the first time. The Gulf Arab sheikhdom of Dubai, dubbed "Fly- Buy-Dubai," is parallel building the new Al-Maktoum International Airport, designed for 130 million passengers and 12 million tons of freight annually from 2030.

In order to serve its Middle Eastern clients in a better way, Lufthansa Technik, the MRO subsidiary of Germany's partially state- owned carrier Lufthansa, has announced to consolidate its Middle East business into a new company.

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