Last week, nearly 5,000 aerospace industry executives headed to the Dubai World Trade Center for the Aircraft Interiors Middle East #AIME2018 and MRO Middle East conference and exhibition to discuss and view the latest innovations in aircraft interiors and maintenance, repair, and overhaul.

“The interest shown in AIME and MRO Middle East, both from exhibitors and trade visitors upon opening today, has demonstrated the value of this event to the aerospace industry in the region and beyond,” said Caryn McConnachie, Aerospace Director of show organizers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, in the latest press release. “We are thrilled with the response we have received today and are pleased to hear our exhibitors are achieving their objectives here in Dubai.”

As we look back on the event, we are highlighting innovations,  announcements of new partnerships,  and industry trends.  Here are a few that have caught our attention:

From the ground at AIME2018 and Middle East MRO, reports from the floor state that “the future looks bright for the Middle East’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry in 2018.”  Much of this growth stems from overall optimism of the global airline industry.  According to IATA, the global industry net profit will rise to $38.4B in 2018, while Middle East carries expect to see net profits double 2017, up to $600M in 2018.

Safran Nacelles announced it has signed a contract with Egyptair for maintenance services on thrust reversers that equip its Airbus A330 jetliner fleet, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. The agreement involves scheduled soft time maintenance, the preventive primary maintenance performed at specific operator-chosen intervals. The maintenance can be adjusted to fit the airline’s operational schedule and includes coverage for unscheduled repair services and asset management.

France-based TWIN JET has renewed Rockwell Collins’ Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) for its fleet of 12 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft for the next three years.

To end a great week, the winners of the 2018 Inflight Middle East Awards were announced. The annual awards celebrate outstanding contributions to passenger experience across the in-flight entertainment, connectivity and cabin technology domains.

For anyone who missed the events or want to relive the event, AIME & MRO posted over 150 images on Flickr!

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