Dubai Airshow offers free exhibition space to WFP
Dubai Airshow organiser F&E Aerospace is donating exhibition space to the UN’s World Food Programme (UNWFP) at this year’s event, from 13 to 17 November.
The biennial airshow became the first exhibition to support the WFP’s Air Safety Unit (ASU) in 2007 and re-affirmed its long-term commitment to the humanitarian organisation by repeating the sponsorship in 2011.
“The work of the World Food Programme in airlifting relief supplies when disaster strikes is laudable and we feel it is appropriate that its Air Safety Unit has a voice here at the Dubai Airshow, which attracts the world’s airlines, in order for them to improve the culture of safety among contracted carriers,” said Alison Weller, managing director of F&E Aerospace.
The ASU, which has a regional aviation safety office in Sharjah, is responsible for monitoring the compliance with international standards of best practice in aviation safety by carriers contracted by the WFP to airlift relief supplies around the world.
“The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives,” said Captain Samir Sajet, ASU’s regional aviation safety officer.
“We are grateful to F&E Aerospace for providing us an opportunity to be a part of the Dubai Airshow as this is an excellent platform for us to interact with flight charter companies and promote our humanitarian air service activities.”
With just 10 months to go, the next edition of the Dubai Airshow is set to be the biggest yet, with up to 1000 exhibitors expected from some 50 countries.