DUBAI, The pioneering group of new members of the Future Aviation Lounge (FAL), an initiative that was recently launched by The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, have expressed their confidence in the pivotal role of the initiative for the further development and growth of the international aviation industry.

The new members, who were welcomed by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), include Airbus, Boeing, GE, Rolls-Royce, Thales ME, Panasonic Avionics and Jetex.

FAL is a first-of-its-kind business social network based on artificial intelligence (AI) technology that foresees the future of the global aviation sector and related industries. Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Dubai Airports have been at the forefront in support of the new platform.

The initiative promotes dialogue and close cooperation among individuals and entities involved in Dubai's aviation industry--pushing the sector towards growth and prosperity and increases its economic contributions. This first platform targets government agencies, multinational companies, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), academia and experts in the aviation sector, which promotes collaborative efforts and collective innovation. It also widens the role of enterprises and individuals in accelerating the growth of the sector and increases its share in Dubai's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Mikail Houari, President of Airbus Middle East and Africa, said, "We are delighted and honored to join our partner, DAFZA, and become part of the Future Aviation Lounge. We have long demonstrated our commitment to advancing the aviation sector in the region by developing innovative solutions to shared sector challenges, creating and supporting a highly-skilled talent pool to drive the industry forward. Through our participation we will continue to foster young talent, ensure knowledge transfer and further grow the industry in line with the UAE vision to be one of the top innovative countries in the world."

Bernard Dunn, President of Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey said, "Innovation is at the core of what we do at Boeing, and so we are very pleased to support the Future Aviation Lounge initiative. We look forward to participating in this plan to build a robust community of bright minds and creative thinkers from across Dubai and the UAE's aviation sector."

"GE Aviation is a major supporter of collaborative efforts in the aviation industry," said Aziz Koleilat, President and CEO of GE Aviation Sales for the Middle East, Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States and Turkey. "The Future Aviation Lounge's goal of bringing together a cross-section of industry, government and academic leaders to create innovative solutions to aviation challenges is a natural fit with our business efforts and we look forward to playing a significant role in this effort."

Neil James, Vice President of the Middle East, Central & Southern Asia and Africa regions for Panasonic Avionics Corporation said, "Airlines in this region are world-renowned for their commitment to innovation and the provision of world-class passenger experience. In fact, over the past 20 years, there have been countless industry firsts developed in Dubai. Panasonic Avionics is proud to support the Future Aviation Lounge, and we look forward to working with industry leaders, government agencies and academia to accelerate the introduction of new technologies and services that will revolutionize air travel."

Roger Daix, VP of Thales Middle East, noted, "As the aviation market continues to grow in the region, we are proud to be part of DAFZA's Future Aviation Lounge. Networks like this will prove an invaluable resource that will go some way in ensuring the continued success of the UAE's future aviation market."

As the aviation sector continues to grow, innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange become increasingly critical to the industry's success and will drive operational excellence," said Amr Refaat, General Manager, IBM Middle East & Pakistan. "Through the IBM Connection Suite, members of Future Aviation Lounge will become more integrated and social in how they communicate, innovate and make decisions."

Source: Emirates News Agency