AVALON has now confirmed next year’s postponed airshow will take place between Tuesday, 23 November and Sunday, 28 November 2021.
Chief executive Ian Honnery said the new dates would provide “certainty” for sponsors, exhibitors and participants.
Last week, Australian Aviation reported that the ADMA foundation, which organises the event, would shift the event away from its original 23 February launch. It blamed the lengthy logistical lead times and uncertainty about international travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Today’s date confirmation comes after its sister events also gained start dates: LAND FORCES has been deferred to 1-3 June 2021, and the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition (formerly PACIFIC) has been moved to May 2022.
Next year’s AVALON has special significance because it will celebrate the RAAF’s centenary.
The rebooted show will still mark the occasion, but will also have a new focus on how businesses can recover from COVID-19.
The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, better known as AVALON, is one of the world’s most prestigious airshows and aims to serve as a platform for engagement between industry, defence, government and academia.
“As the centrepiece of the Royal Australian Air Force’s centenary celebrations, AVALON 2021 will have great national and international significance,” said Honnery.
“Thank you for your patience as we work through these changes and we look forward to a November 2021 AVALON, where a century of distinguished service by the Royal Australian Air Force will be the theme, and the focus for the world’s aviation, aerospace and defence industries will be on promoting business for the future.”