2008-06-01 - ILA resultsILA Air Show sets new records
Gute Geschäfte in Berlin<br /> This year's International Aerospace Exhibition provided an impressive display of this high-tech sector and was also a major attraction for the public. The attendance of 241,000 nearly reached the record level set at the ILA2006 (250,000).
Approximately 120,000 trade visitors (2006:115,000) came to find out about the products and services on offer on the 250,000 square metre site, Germany's largest temporary exhibition grounds, and to learn about the latest trends at more than 100 accompanying conferences. Contracts and business with a value of more than five billion euros were finalised during the event, including the largest known order ever for civil aircraft at the ILA, which was placed with Airbus by Gulf Air (Bahrain) for 35 aircraft worth 3.2 billion euros. The partner country India made the most of its largest ever appearance at any aerospace trade show outside its own borders by presenting its wide-ranging capabilities and sounding out business opportunities.
By the close of the ILA2008 its organisers were extremely satisfied with the results. Dietmar Schrick, Chief Executive of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI): "We are very satisfied with events at this trade show. Record sales worth over five billion euros were achieved and we attained all our commercial objectives. There was an excellent response to our concept of holding separate conferences of experts on various themes, "Environment", "Supply Industry" and "Recruiting New Personnel". Our exhibitors and trade visitors praised the excellent quality of their contacts which, together with the range of conferences that we provided, are what distinguish the ILA from all other aerospace trade shows. The ILA has lost none of its appeal for the general public either."
For six days the record total of 1,127 exhibitors from 37 countries presented products, systems and processes from every area of the aerospace industry. Altogether 331 aircraft of all sizes and categories were on show on the ground and in the air, and many of them were making their first public appearance. The International Suppliers' Center (ISC) provided the supply industry with its own platform. At the CareerCenter the emphasis was on career opportunities and prospects. Some 4,300 media representatives from 70 countries provided comprehensive coverage of the main technical themes and the attractions for the public at the ILA2008.