““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
The 11th staging of the Dubai Airshow will take place from November 15 to 19 at the Airport Expo Centre in Dubai, UAE. In past years the event has focused on military and commercial aviation, but business aviation has been making its presence felt. At the 2007 event (the show is held every two years) private and corporate jet sales reached $2.7 billion.
Organizers expect this year's event to be bigger-at least in terms of space-than the previous record-setting event and have added another exhibit hall. At press time, more than 100 business aviation companies-including Bombardier, Hawker Beechcraft and Gulfstream-had committed to a presence at the event.
Aviation International News, a sister publication of Business Jet Traveler, will publish daily issues at the event and post the news online at www.ainonline.com.
For more information, visit www.dubaiairshow.aero.