With just fi ve months to go before the 13th edition of Air Freight Asia (AFA) opens its doors at the AsiaWorld-Expo facilities in Hong Kong as part of the much larger Asian Aerospace 2007 Expo & Congress, space bookings for the Exhibition have already exceeded those of last year’s event in Shanghai. Meanwhile, interest in the Conference is encouraging as several senior executives from the air cargo industry have confi rmed their attendance as speakers.
AFA2007 is set to confi rm its leading position that has been built up in the past 23 years among air cargo trade events in the world.
At the end of April, close to 60 international exhibitors had acknowledged their participation in the Air Freight Asia 2007 exhibition, far exceeding last year’s event in Shanghai.
The 2007 exhibitors list includes leading cargo and combination carriers, airports, cargo equipment manufacturers, IT providers, freighter conversion specialists, and logistics providers.
“The interest from all sectors of the air cargo industry in Air Freight Asia shows that the leading players are fully aware of the fact that the overall airline industry market, and that obviously includes air cargo, is moving North, with China clearly the most promising area for any civil aviation industry-related products or services,” said AFA organiser Nol van Fenema. He added that, although Chinese airlines and airports remained on the sidelines as exhibitors, a massive promotional campaign was underway in China to attract trade visitors to the Air Freight Asia Exhibition and the Asian Aerospace Expo in general.
Among the latest exhibitors to confi rm its presence at AFA2007 is Dubai Logistics City, which will showcase one of the largest projects in the world, construction of which has meanwhile started in the Jebel Ali industrial zone of Dubai. DLC will occupy an 180 sqm stand opposite the impressive Emirates SkyCargo “freighter fuselage” stand, which has become a familiar sight at the world’s leading cargo events.
The participation from DLC and Emirates SkyCargo, which also includes cargo handling specialist DNATA, and the combined stand of Dubai Cargo Village, the Dubai Flower Centre and the organising committee of the FIATA World Congress, which will take place in Dubai in October this year, is indicative of the strong support for AFA2007 from other leading cargo players in the Middle East, said van Fenema.
|Exhibitors list as at 26/04/07
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