Airbus and Boeing, the two largest aviation manufacturers, have confirmed their positions as foundation partners of Global Aerospace Summit 2012.
To be held in Abu Dhabi from April 16th-19th, the event is an invitation only forum bringing together international senior executives from across the aerospace, aviation and space sectors.
As Foundation Partners, Airbus and Boeing will play a key role contributing to the development and shape of the Summit programme content, and already have representatives on the advisory board, which also includes personnel from Mubadala Development Company, Booz & Company, Abu Dhabi Aerospace Technologies (ADAT), Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Sanad Aero Solutions, and Etihad Airways.
Etihad Airways is considered the World’s Leading Airline by the prestigious World Travel Awards.
The format combines two days of high level debate-led discussions on aerospace, aviation and space, followed by two days of field trips to aerospace and aviation facilities.
There will also be closed door discussions, a private procurement meeting programme, and a careers development programme targeting vocational and professional development.
Commenting on Boeing’s involvement, James Albaugh, president, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “The Global Aerospace Summit 2012 in Abu Dhabi will be an excellent platform for thought leadership across our industry.
“Boeing is pleased to participate and help make this Summit relevant to the needs and demands of our industry now and in the future.”
In addition to the confirmation of Boeing and Airbus as Foundation Partners, the list of confirmed speakers for Global Aerospace Summit 2012 continues to grow.
Representing the space and satellite industry is George T. Whitesides, chief executive and president of Virgin Galactic.
He said: “Commercial space business is heading towards a new era and there are a number of opportunities for new players as well as the potential for innovation and technology development.
“For Virgin Galactic it is important to be a part of the debate with our peers as the industry can really benefit from collaboration in building a skilled workforce and maximizing the positive impact on local economies.”
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