The Singapore Airshow is the largest aerospace and defense event in Asia, as well as one of the top three airshows in the world. The Singapore Airshow brings together military and commercial aircraft from the aviation community across the globe. The show is scheduled for Feb. 14 to 19 at the Changi Exhibition Centre, located near Singapore Changi Airport. Learn more here.
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The Airbus ACJ318 will make its Singapore Airshow debut this year. Other companies that will attend the show include Gulfstream, which will display its new G280, and Ruag, which will show off its 228NG business/utility aircraft. Cessna, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer, Pilatus and Piper will also attend.
Boeing plans to display its 787 Dreamliner at the Singapore Airshow. "We look forward to showcasing the game-changing technologies of the 787 to our valued customers and partners in the Asia-Pacific region," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager, 787 program. The airshow appearance is part of the third leg of the 787's global Dream Tour.
The Singapore Airshow will be 25% larger in terms of space than the last airshow, held in 2010, organizers say. The airshow will cover more than 500,000 square feet at Changi Exhibition Centre. Around 10,000 workers will be required to set up the event.
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Garuda Indonesia is likely to confirm an order for Bombardier CRJ1000s at the Singapore Airshow, sources say. "Regional jets will give us a lot of autonomy as there are fast-growing cities within Indonesia that require direct connections," Garuda President and CEO Emirsyah Satar said last year. The carrier had also considered Embraer 190s.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force is the largest and most well-equipped in Southeast Asia. "Over the last 40 years, Singapore's air force has evolved incrementally toward having an extremely powerful capability by regional standards," said Tim Huxley, an analyst at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. The Singapore Airshow falls on the 70th anniversary of Japan's invasion of Singapore during World War II.
The Singapore Airshow will provide opportunities for countries in the region to look at defense aircraft and technology, analysts say. "There have been some large scale acquisitions in the (Asia) region," said Paul Holtom of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. "In Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore there have been significant naval and combat aircraft orders."
Jet-makers Airbus and Boeing booked orders for almost 2,200 jetliners last year. John Leahy of Airbus noted that the European jet-maker's increasing orders defy the notion that the industry is cyclical. Last year, Airbus produced 530 jetliners, up from 300 in 2002.
Lockheed Martin will soon roll out a new version of its C-130 Hercules cargo planes designed for customers who don't need all the bells and whistles on the original model. "Some people don't need satellite communications. Some people don't need to have encrypted radios. Some people just need a truck," Lockheed spokesman Jeff Rhodes said. The new model, dubbed the C-130XJ, will cost about 20% less than a fully equipped plane.