Organizers see ILA 2012 as success
By Sunday evening around 230,000 visitors will have attended ILA 2012, a similar figure to 2010. At 125,000, trade visitor numbers remained high.
The debut event of the International Air Show ILA 2012 on the new exhibition grounds at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport saw the highest exhibitor numbers ever, Messe Berlin and BDLI claimed.
Topics such as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and eco-efficient flight met with keen interest. The industrial innovations and research projects on display included aircraft seats, cabin concepts of the future, increasingly efficient low-emission engines, new materials and alternative aviation fuels, all of which underlined the industry’s ability to develop environmentally friendly aircraft technology that protects our climate.
The International Suppliers Center (ISC), Europe’s marketplace for the supply industry, and the ILA CareerCenter, Europe’s largest aerospace job exchange, registered significant growth.
During the show some 275 aircraft were exhibited on the ground and in the air. They included the world’s two largest airliners, an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 747-8i, as well as a Beluga from Airbus, the world’s most voluminous transport aircraft.
The national aerobatics teams of Turkey and Poland put on flying displays for the first time at the ILA. The programme of flying shows spanned every era and included a 1936 De Havilland as well as a Eurofighter, MiG-29 and F-18.
Dietmar Schrick, Chief Executive of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI): “Over the past few days we held talks with important guests, including business partners representing industry, politics, the military, science and research. Our exhibitors were very satisfied with the number of trade visitors in a decision-making capacity at the show. ILA 2012 was proof that we can further develop this fair flexibly and in line with market needs.“
According to the findings of an independent market research institute, spending by out-of-town visitors and exhibitors during ILA 2012 boosted purchasing power in the Berlin/Brandenburg region by approximately 190 million euros.