Even though the year ended with doom and gloom, the Indian air transport sector couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to 2012 with its largest budget carrier, IndiGo, signing a memorandum of understanding for the biggest commercial aviation deal in history valued at approximately $15.6 billion. The deal, which was subsequently firmed up, called for 180 of Airbus’ A320 family narrowbodies. This topped an earlier order by the carrier for 100 aircraft and seemed a clear indication that the Indian market is back on track after suffering severe losses during 2008- 2009.
All Singapore 2012 News
Making a welcome first appearance in Singapore skies, the Smokey Bandits display team is showcasing “Malaysia’s MiGs”–five MiG-29N fighters that are performing an eight-minute routine here at the show.
Asia’s burgeoning air-transport industry is at a turning point facing historic levels of opportunity, while also having to resolve infrastructure issues that could hold it back. This is where Honeywell comes in, according to Briand Greer, the avionics and powerplant group’s new president for aerospace in the Asia Pacific region.
The Singapore Airshow 2012 static display is filling up with a variety of interesting aircraft.
Boeing (Booth U23) has secured a launch customer for the new version of its electronic logbook (ELB): Singapore Airlines (SIA). Developed with Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Ultramain Systems, the ELB is designed to improve communications between pilots, ground crews, maintenance technicians and engineering personnel. SIA will install the ELB on its Boeing 777s.
Piper Aircraft (Booth V63) head of global sales and business development Drew McEwen is leading the Vero Beach, Florida-based company’s delegation here at the Singapore Airshow. The Brunei government-owned aircraft manufacturer also comes to the Singapore show fresh under new management–until a few months ago Imprimis was directing the company; Brunei, which bought Piper in 2009, now holds the full reins.
Mumbai-based Air Works India Engineering’s Delhi facility has become the first independent general aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organization in India to be awarded Part 145 approval covering for general aviation aircraft from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Canada’s Manitoba Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade (Booth U98) has an exhibit at the Singapore Airshow for the first time to assist small and medium-sized companies look for new or expanded business opportunities.
Mubadala Aerospace and several of its subsidiaries are at the Singapore Airshow (Booth No. D11). Much of the emphasis for the fast-growing Middle East group is on opportunities for it to develop its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business in the Middle East.
Flight training group CAE is big and getting bigger in the growing Asian market, according to Jeff Roberts, group president of civil simulation products, training and services. The Canadian company has 16 training locations in the Asia Pacific region, and 16 of the 30 full-flight simulators sold in the current financial year (which ends next month) will earn their keep in the region–a clear indication that this part of the world has a healthy appetite for training aviation professionals.