Bahrain International Airshow announces 33B of deals on first day as protesters

The Saudi Hawks Display Team performs Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Bahrain International Airshow in Sakhir, Bahrain. Bahrain’s state news agency said the International Airshow opened to announcements of more than $3 billion in agreements. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2014 11:04 am MDT Bahrain International Airshow announces $3.3B of deals on first day as protesters rally nearby AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MANAMA, Bahrain – Bahrain’s state news agency says the Bahrain International Airshow opened to announcements of more than $3 billion in deals.The Gulf kingdom’s international airport signed a nearly $3.2 billion agreement with Chinese company Shenzhen CIMC TianDa for construction of seven new commuter bridges between boarding gates and planes.Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air says it also signed an agreement Thursday with Rolls-Royce TotalCare to support its fleet of six wide-body twin-engine Airbus A330s.The three-day airshow runs through Saturday.However, the country’s political turmoil loomed in the background of the airshow’s flying display as protesters burnt tires, sending billowing plumes of black smoke into the sky.Shiite protesters have been holding near-daily protests for almost three years demanding greater equality from Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy.