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SINGAPORE Airshow, Asia’s largest and one of the three most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, drew a record number of trade and public visitors at this year’s edition of the biennial event.

Over the six-day show from 14-19 February, Singapore Airshow 2012 had some 145,000 visitors. Visitorship over the four trade days stood at nearly 45,000 from 128 countries/regions, with over 30 per cent coming from overseas. Singapore Airshow also played host to the largest ever number of top level delegations, with 266 from over 80 countries. The public day weekend on 18 and 19 February at Changi Exhibition Centre saw some 100,000 visitors over the two days.

The aerial display included show-stopping performances from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), the Royal Malaysian Air Force “Smokey Bandits”, the United States Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force “Roulettes”. Australian pilot Tony Blair of Blair Aerosports also made his debut appearance in the first stunt aerobatic performance in the history of airshows in Singapore.

“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. As a testament to the show’s achievements, over 70 per cent of exhibitors have already reaffirmed their commitment to take up exhibition space 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, organiser of Singapore Airshow.

Singapore Airshow is organised and managed by Experia Events and serves as a global marketplace and networking powerhouse for the world’s aviation community. Singapore Airshow also features a series of high level conferences dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry – Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) and the Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC).

RECORD DEALS ANNOUNCED

The show witnessed record value of deals announced worth over US$31 billion. Major announcements include contracts for Boeing, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, CFM and ATR. This represents a threefold increase over the total value of deals announced in 2010. Katy Padgett, Manager, Communications, Pratt & Whitney, said: “We are pleased with our experience at the Singapore Airshow. It continues to be a great platform for us to reach out to the aviation community in the Asia Pacific region. As an industry leader, it is critical for us to have a significant presence at major airshows around the world and the Singapore Airshow ranks high on our priorities.”

“The Singapore Airshow was an important opportunity for UK companies in the Aerospace and Defence sectors to promote their capabilities and identify potential joint venture opportunities.

We were very pleased with the organisation and the opportunities to network with the overseas delegations,” said Adam Thomas, Senior Government spokesman for UKTI’s Defence and Security sector.

The next edition of the Singapore Airshow will be held from 11 to 16 February 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre.

AIRBUS MAKES ITS MARK

The high-profile Airbus role at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre underscored the company’s strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region. In signing the A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion memorandum of understanding, Airbus is positioned to further expand its freighter aircraft portfolio.  With a teaming that involves Singapore’s ST Aerospace and Airbus’ EADS EFW sister company, this programme will modify A330s that have completed their useful operational service as passenger jetliners for new careers as cargo aircraft. 

In another Singapore Airshow-related development, Airbus signed a contract with Singapore’s SIA Engineering Company for implementation of the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) solution.  As a result, the SIA Engineering Company becomes Asia-Pacific’s inaugural customer for AMI, which is part of Airbus’ strategy to further expand its services offer. 

Also during the week, was an agreement with Thai Airways International for an Airbus flight hour services-tailored support package, providing aircraft inventory and maintenance for the Thailand-based airline’s A380 fleet.  Thai Airways International is one of two Asia-Pacific carriers that will receive their first A380s in 2012, along with Malaysia Airlines.

Completing Airbus’ business activity at the 2012 Singapore Airshow was the finalising of a purchase order with Kuwait-based ALAFCO for 35 A320neo Family aircraft, bringing this aviation lease and finance company’s total backlog for the type to 85.

BOEING SIGNS US$22.4 BILLION DEAL

Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air finalized a firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs (extended range) on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow.

With orders for 230 airplanes valued at US$22.4 billion at list prices, this deal is the largest commercial aircraft order ever in Boeing’s history by both dollar value and total number of airplanes. The agreement, first announced last November in Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 aircraft.

The company also displayed its mid-size passenger aircraft, 787 Dreamliner during the show.

GOAIR SELECTS PRATT & WHITNEY

GoAir selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines for its order of 72 firm A320neo aircraft. The agreement represents 144 firm PW1100G-JM engines and is anticipated to include a PureSolutionSM maintenance package. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016.

Each Airbus A320neo family aircraft purchased by GoAir will be powered by two PurePower PW1100G-JM engines with benefits including double-digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs when compared with today’s engines.

SR TECHNICS WINS SPICEJET CONTRACT

SR Technics, part of the Mubadala Aerospace Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network, has signed a ten year agreement for engine repair and maintenance services with SpiceJet, India’s low cost carrier.

SpiceJet has selected SR Technics as its exclusive provider of Engine Maintenance Services for CFM56-7B engines installed on SpiceJet’s fleet of Boeing 737-800/737-900ER aircraft. The agreement is worth up to US$415 million over ten years, and the work will be carried out at SR Technics’ facilities in Zurich, Switzerland.

In addition to Engine Maintenance Services, the agreement encompasses spare engine support to cover scheduled and unscheduled removals and engine condition monitoring. The work will commence with immediate effect.


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