Business Aviation To Play Larger Role at Singapore 2014

 - February 6, 2014, 1:10 PM
This Cessna Citation Sovereign was the first business jet to arrive at the 2014 Singapore Air Show static display.

A slew of business aircraft will be on static display next week at the biennial Singapore Airshow, which will be held at its usual venue adjacent to Changi International Airport. The list includes the Beechcraft King Air 250 and 350i; Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605; Cessna Caravan and Citation Sovereign+; Dassault Falcon 7X; Gulfstream G280 and G650; Piaggio Avanti II; Pilatus PC-12; and Socata TBM850.

The previous Singapore Airshow, held in February 2012, saw 900 exhibitors from 50 countries, including 60 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies. There were also 22 national or group pavilions. The event attracted almost 45,000 visitors from 134 countries during the four trade days (and totalled 135,000 over the whole six days), and there were 274 delegations from 70 countries.

In June last year, some 80 percent of exhibitors had already signed up to take part in this year’s event, according to Jimmy Lau, CEO of show organizer Experia Events. Furthermore, at the end of last year, 95 percent of the exhibit space was already sold, Experia said.

Business aviation will play a larger role than ever before at the Singapore show, Lau told AIN. “The wider platform has been working well for the business aviation industry, which thrives on the larger attendance at the show,” he said. “The Singapore Airshow adds further value by helping to facilitate customer demonstration flights during and after the show.”

If you’re attending the show, be sure to pick up copies of AIN’s daily on-site print publication, Singapore Airshow News, next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And look for our Singapore Airshow Reports e-newsletters in your inbox next Monday through Thursday. Live news from the show will also be available at AINonline.