MANAMA, Bahrain, 26 Jan. 2012. 2012 Bahrain International Airshow attendees, which numbered roughly 60,000, logged more than $930 million in business deals at the event. Participants at the show included the U.S. Air Force, which flew aircraft from the Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command, and the U.S. Navy, which also conducted stunning aerial displays.
“We are happy that despite the difficult times we have had in the last year, we have been able to host a very successful show," Civil Aviation Affairs Under-Secretary Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud says. "Everyone who has taken part is happy."
"We always look forward to highlighting the great relationship we have with the Kingdom of Bahrain, one of our strongest partners in the region," Col. Dean Neeley, the U.S. Air Forces Central Security Cooperation Director, explains.
Building on the success of this year's show, Bahraini officials are developing expansion plans for the 2014 show.