Thursday, March 24, 2016

India Aviation 2016 from a layman's perspective

Hyderabad: Organised by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, India Aviation 2016 took place in Hyderabad. Begumpet airport, also known as the old Hyderabad airport, served the super rich Nizams in the last century. From 1945, Deccan Airways began operating with its fleet of over 13 DC 13 Dakota aircrafts. The airport functioned as an International and Domestic hub till 2008. After the inauguration of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport though, Begumpet airport was closed for commercial flights. It still operates private flights and serves military training programs, which makes it ideal for hosting aviation exhibitions.

The event showcased aviation technology and products from biggies such as Boeing, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce. The obligatory 'Make In India' branding was also seen, although none of Indian companies are involved in civilian aircraft building. They had a bus probably completely made in India though. It is an airport shuttle, so connected to the aviation you see?
The exhibition stalls were mostly business oriented. However, Boeing and Airbus stalls did attract crowds with their impressive scale models.

On the tarmac, the Airbus A380 was star of the show. The plane on display was Emirates' A380-800. The Dubai based airlines let the visitors check out its seating arrangement that comprises of Economy, Business, and First Class.
24/03/16 Deccan Chronicle
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