Singapore Airshow sets record for visitors in 2012
The Singapore Airshow, which was held Feb. 14 to 19, drew a record number of attendees this year with 145,000 visitors. "Singapore Airshow 2012 has been a success for everyone," organizer Jimmy Lau said. "We have set a new record for the value of deals announced, as well as the number of visitors on both trade and public days." Read more here. Flight International also published one of its first editions overseas, with the Singapore Airshow issue distributed to attendees before the event. Read more here.
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The Singapore Airshow booked $31 billion in transactions during the six-day event. Boeing, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, CFM and ATR booked deals at the event. Two years earlier, at the previous show, $10 billion in transactions were booked.
Organizers plan to improve the next Singapore Airshow, scheduled to be held in 2014. "We are looking forward to the next show and hope to deliver a more enhanced experience for all our visitors in 2014," said Jimmy Lau, managing director of Experia Events, which organized the airshow. The 2014 show attracted visitors from 128 countries.
Airbus has promised an internal investigation into the cracks discovered on Airbus A380 wings. "We have a thorough investigation under way on how we could make these mistakes in the first place and to eradicate the sources of the mistakes," said CEO Tom Enders at the Singapore Airshow.
Lockheed Martin has unveiled a variant to its F-16 fighters that is meant to offer upgrades to the mission computers and architecture, as well as updates to the cockpit. Commonly known as "Viper," the new program was unveiled last week at the Singapore Airshow. "We believe this F-16V will satisfy our customers' emerging requirements and prepare them to better interoperate with the fifth-generation fighters, the F-35 and the F-22," said George Standridge, vice president of business development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
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Business jets that were on display at the Singapore Airshow included Embraer's Lineage 1000 and Phenom 100 -- as well as actor Jackie Chan's private jet. Bombardier and Hawker Beechcraft also displayed jets at the airshow to appeal to the growing Asian market. "We see Southeast Asia, India and China all as growth opportunities," said Sean McGeough, a Hawker Beechcraft executive.
Indonesia's Lion Air signed agreements for $22 billion worth of Boeing jets at the Singapore Airshow. Rusdi Kirana, Lion Air's CEO, has embarked on a project to build affordable housing for 4,000 workers. "People can only afford to get a house that is too far away and then they have to pay for transport and there is a big problem in Indonesia with infrastructure," said Kirana.
The Singapore Airshow affected operations at Singapore Changi Airport, according to a letter to the editor. "Why could the airshow not have been held elsewhere, such as Tengah, Paya Lebar or Sembawang airbases, to keep commercial operations at our major international airport uninterrupted?" writes Wilson Choo.