Aero India 2021 Goes Virtual; Benguluru to Host World’s First Hybrid Airshow
Bengaluru, the aerospace capital of the country, is all set to host the much-anticipated global event Aero India 2021. This year the three-day event is unique as it will be the World’s first Hybrid exhibition wherein the business element of the event will be both physical as well as virtual. The hybrid model of Aero India - 21 aimed to be the template for the world to emulate conduct of business in the new normal till the concerns of the pandemic are addressed.
One of the largest airshows in the world offering a unique platform to international aviation sector to bolster business, the 13th edition of the biennial airshow will be held at at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, from 3 to 5 February abiding strict Covid-19 protocols. Considered an important calendar event in the global aerospace industry and it will be attended by thousands of business visitors and lakh general visitors.
The event will be held simultaneously as a Physical Exhibition and a Virtual Exhibition with stalls being provided in both the physical and virtual realms which will result in greater engagement and the exhibitors will experience a greater outreach catering to those who could not join the event physically.
Aero India is the largest air show in Asia that provides opportunity to demonstrate products to the potential customer and investors. The expo attracts many exhibitors from the world’s leading industries in the field of Military and Civil Aviation, Aerospace, Airport Infrastructure and Defence Engineering. The show includes both air displays and static exhibitions of a large array of military platforms from the Aerospace sector and exhibitors from around the world are likely to showcase their products using latest technologies to the potential customers.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has taken a lead role in organising the event and besides providing huge logistic support; HAL will showcase its prowess in defence and aerospace. A total of 543 exhibitor including 78 foreign exhibitors have registered so far. Participants from 14 countries will be there and nearly 165 virtual exhibitors have registered to feature in the hybrid airshow. The latest edition is expected to break the records of previous years in terms of participation despite the impact caused by the pandemic.
Flying display and aerobatics of aircraft from various countries is arranged at the venue during each day of the show. The event offers B2B facilities and has a section titled ‘Drone Olympics’ and a ‘Students pavilion’.