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November 7, 2012
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Airshow China 2012 Preview
Airshow China in Zhuhai, China, which is scheduled to run from Nov. 13 to 18, will feature some 650 exhibitors from 39 countries. "We had to close for entries last month as we did not have any space for more," said Yang Xiangang, who is the vice general manager of Zhuhai Airshow. Some Chinese officials may be unable to attend due to a political event, but the show could still attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, Yang said. Aerobatics teams from Europe are expected to appear, and one draw for aviation manufacturers is China's C919 plane. Read more at South China Morning Post.

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 Singapore Airlines to order more A380s and A350 XWBs
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will order 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five double deck A380s and 20 A350-900s. The aircraft will be operated on the carrier's long range and regional services, offering maximum comfort and efficiency for high density and medium capacity routes.

  Air Show Headlines 
  • C919 could attract more orders at air show
    China's manufacturing industry has taken off in the past few years with the installation of high-speed railway and the introduction of the C919, which is the country's first large passenger aircraft. The C919 was unveiled in 2010, and manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China has since lined up 330 orders, with more expected at Airshow China 2012 next week. "China will hand over more than 3,000 civil aircraft by 2029," a company forecast shows. China Daily (Beijing) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Air show will offer insight into China's drone capabilities
    China wants to use unmanned aerial vehicles to patrol the East China and South China seas, but the country is still playing catch-up with the U.S. and other countries when it comes to drone technology. Next week's Airshow China 2012 will highlight the advancements that China has made and could provide a glimpse into which other countries would like to buy Chinese drones. The worldwide market for UAVs is thought to be worth more than $6 billion. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China beefs up its airlift capabilities with new aircraft
    China has enhanced its airlift capabilities with the Shaanxi Y-9 and Y-20 aircraft as competition heats up in the East China and South China seas. The Y-9 "can airlift 16 tons of containerized cargo or 20 tons of bulk cargo," according to a brochure from the 2010 Airshow China. Ukraine's ANTK Antonov helped with the development of the Y-9, according to a report, and it is apparently assisting with the Y-20 as well. Defense News (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A350 XWB Final Assembly Line
French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer, Fabrice Brégier officially inaugurated the 74,000 square-metre A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL), in Toulouse, France. At full production, the FAL will employ some 1,500 people who will build up to ten aircraft a month as from 2018.
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  • Russian aerobatic team will perform at show
    The Russian Knights, an aerobatic team that performed at the first China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in 1998, will participate in this year's edition of Airshow China. The Knights, which are part of the Russian air force, were formed in 1991. People's Daily (China) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pictures show new Chinese stealth fighter
    Pictures have surfaced of a Chinese fighter jet known as the J-31 that experts say could be used on aircraft carriers. The J-31 appears to share characteristics with the American F-35, says Richard Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center. China tested another jet known as the J-20, which is similar to the American F-22, in 2011. "The engines that will likely power the J-31 we do know a bit more about. Those engines were actually revealed at the Zhuhai show in 2008," Fisher said. CNN (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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