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At a press conference held on 24 July, Hakan Kurt, CEO of Eurasia Airshow, announced that Eurasia Airshow 2020 would now be hosted as a “Virtual Exhibition” due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The event will be held on 2–6 December, and will include numerous virtual meetings, conferences and air displays.
The negative effects of COVID-19 on daily life have also resulted in many events and fairs being postponed or cancelled, compelling companies operating in this sector to start to take advantage of technologies in the development of alternative solutions for their events. Accordingly, Eurasia Airshow will this year be held in a digital environment. The event was initially to take place in April, but was postponed to June and then again to December due to the impact of COVID-19 in Turkey, and the decision has now been taken to hold the event in a virtual environment on the planned date.
The Eurasia Airshow 2020 Virtual Exhibition will open on 2 December with a symbolic airshow at Antalya International Airport that will be broadcast live on TV and in social media platforms. The Eurasia Airshow Public Days will be held on 5–6 December. Military and commercial aircraft were to perform public displays out of Antalya International Airport as part of the regular program of events. In the virtual exhibition format, however, the aircraft will take off from their home countries, and spectators will be able to follow the displays on TV and from social media platforms. The flight program includes a wide range of aircraft, from fighter aircrafts to airliners.
Exhibition Based on International Participation
Speaking at the press conference, Hakan Kurt, CEO of Eurasia Airshow, underlined that Eurasia Airshow is an event with 60 percent international participation, stating that this had been the main factor influencing the decision to switch the event to a virtual format. Representatives and delegations from the following countries (in alphabetical order) will participate at Eurasia Airshow 2020: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, France, Gambia, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Libya, Malesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Serbia, the Republic of South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan and Zambia.
At the Eurasia Airshow 2020 Virtual Exhibition, delegation visits, B2G and B2B meetings, agreements and flight displays will all take place in a virtual environment, with participants able to visit the exhibition virtually via the video conferencing software developed by Eurasia Airshow for the exhibition. Kurt said: “Ours will be the first virtual exhibition to utilize its own video conferencing software in Turkey and in the world, allowing each participant at Eurasia Airshow 2020 to conduct their meetings in a secure digital environment.”
The event offers four different packages to its participants: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, from which the participants can choose depending on the number of meetings they want to join and the digital work meetings rooms they require. Kurt said; “Our main goal is for our companies to make money by increasing their business development activities, and not merely to spend money.”
Eurasia Airshow – the Centre of Important Meetings
The Eurasia Airshow 2020 Virtual Exhibition will feature many important meetings and conferences, while also offering cost-effective and time-saving business development opportunities to its participants. Furthermore, three different roundtable meetings involving government ministers, air force commanders and industry leaders are planned within the scope of the event:
Ministerial Roundtable: Ministers of Defence and Transportation participating at Eurasia Airshow 2020 will join roundtable meetings where they will discuss issues related to defence and air defence. The session will be open to participation at a ministerial and deputy ministerial level.
Chief of Air Forces Roundtable: This will be a roundtable meeting of the Air Force Commanders participating at Eurasia Airshow 2020, to be joined by Air Force Commanders and Deputy Commanders.
Industry Leaders Roundtable: Eurasia Airshow 2020 will also include a roundtable meeting organized for the leading names in the defence and aerospace sector. Government officials in charge of defence and aerospace matters, related committee chairmen from the sector, and presidents and deputies of public export institutions will participate in the session.
The exhibition will also feature G2G, B2G and B2B meetings. Of the two different B2B programs planned for Eurasia Airshow 2020, the first will allow participating companies to request and conduct meetings with each other through the online platform of Eurasia Airshow, while B2B meetings involving companies participating in the Meet the Buyer Program, announced previously, will be held in the second program.
The numerical targets for Eurasia Airshow 2020 are listed as follows:
- 500 participants
- Over 5,000 business meetings
- 5,000,000 Public Day event views
- Over 100 aircrafts
- Over 200 official delegations
- Over $30 billion in orders
Eurasia Airshow 2022 is expected to surpass Dubai Airshow in terms of the number of commercial visitors, the number of aircraft exhibited, the number of participating delegations and the real order amount.
Aircraft making Air Displays for the Eurasia Airshow 2020 Virtual Exhibition
- F-16 Fighting Falcon
- F/A-18 Hornet
- JF-17 Thunder
- JAS 39 Gripen
- Eurofighter Typhoon (participation status to be announced soon)
- Airbus A350-1000
- Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
- Airbus A400M
- Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules
- Irkut MC-21
- Embraer E195-E2
- Sukhoi Superjet 100
- Boeing 777 300-ER
- Ilyushin Il-76
- Bombardier Dash 8
- Gulfstream G650