Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Massive turnout at India air show

Massive turnout at India air show
Some 500 aircraft companies from around the world have gathered at an air show in India hoping to sell planes to the country's booming aviation sector.

The five-day event at the Yelahanka air base in Bangalore will showcase a range of new civilian and military aircraft.

India plans to buy 126 fighter jets for its air force to replace ageing planes in its fleet.

Industry estimates suggest India would need over 1,000 planes over the next two decades as air travel booms.

Air traffic in India could double by 2010 to 50 million passenger journeys a year on the back of a growing economy, according to one estimate.

Some 45 foreign delegations and 35 air force chiefs from various countries are attending the five-day air show in its sixth year now.

Reports say companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Russia's MIG-29 and Sweden's Saab will be vying for orders for the Indian air force's new fighter jets.

Companies like Boeing and Airbus will be also exhibiting a number of their civilian aircraft at the show.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/02/07 06:26:21 GMT


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