MAKS 2013 Eleventh International Aviation and Space Salon held from August 27 to September 1, 2013, has become the largest event in the history of aviation salons in Zhukovsky, Moscow region.

Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Anatolievich Medvedev took part in MAKS. He attended signing of major transactions for aircraft supply and co-operation agreements.

During the aviation salon, the industry leaders made contracts, entered into memorandums of understanding and agreements for the supply of aircraft and aviation components for a total amount exceeding $21.2 bln, which is much more than in 2011.

Most deals were struck by home aircraft manufacturers for the supply of civil aircraft. In particular, bookings for MS-21 were supplemented with 82 pieces, Sukhoi Superjet-100 – for 96 machines. The aggregate value of transactions exceeded $9 bln. Besides, arrangements of United Aircraft Corporation and Russian Ministry of Defence in the maintenance of aircraft airworthiness are valued at some $3 bln.

Agreements of intent to purchase 100 Bombardier Q400 NextGen airplanes were entered into by two Russian leasing companies; transactions are valued at $3.4 bln.

VEB-Leasing and Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) signed contracts and memorandums of understanding with airlines for 32 MS-21, 6 SSJ-100 and 15 Tu-204SM airplanes (plus five airplanes as an option). Their total value exceeded $3.8 bln. IFC also signed a number of agreements for the supply of An-148 / -158, Bombardier CS300 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen airplanes.

The salon of 2013 features broad global representation: 287 foreign exhibitors from 44 countries took part in the exhibition. Expositions covered the following area: indoor pavilions (net area) – 19,385 sq.m, open area – 7,352 sq.m, 97 chalets with a total area of 9,300 sq.m, static stand – more than 140,000 sq.m.

Interdepartmental Supervisory Committee and Flight Directorate of Gromov Research Institute FSUE delivered a spectacular and eventful demo program of MAKS 2013. 256 aircraft including 49 foreign ones were displayed in the sky and at the static stand. Zhukovsky skyline featured 116 aircraft, including 60 airplanes and helicopters from 9 aerobatic teams. 176 aircraft were demonstrated at the static stand.

Domestic novelties of the Salon included Il-76MD-90A heavy military transport aircraft, Sukhoi Superjet-100LR regional liner, Mi-171A2, Ka-62 helicopters with Turbomeca engines, Mi-28UB operational trainer. Airbus A380 world’s largest passenger airplane aroused much interest of the public.

From among the events scheduled and included into the Business Program of MAKS 2013, 70 were held, including the International Aviation Congress. More than 4,500 specialists took part in the Business Program.

The exhibition was covered by 3.5 th. journalists from more than 900 Russian and foreign mass media. The total amount of visitors exceeded 350 th. people this year . During the first three days, some 70 th. specialists visited the Salon.

A special focus was on security of the Salon. During MAKS 2013, 3,200 police officers, including more than 1,000 servicemen of Russian Interior Ministry troops, EMERCOM and employees of private security companies and departmental security services of Russia were daily engaged in antiterrorist activities, maintenance of public order and traffic control within the territory of Gromov Research Institute and Zhukovsky urban district. Besides, order on the roads was ensured by 400 officers of the State Automobile Inspectorate. (source: MAKS History - Official site)


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