The strong business aviation presence at Malaysia’s LIMA air show held last month on the island of Langkawi was testament to the fact that the industry’s growth in the Asia Pacific region extends well beyond China.
Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak reportedly arrived on one of the exhibit aircraft, an Airbus ACJ320 operated by Comlux, after which the widebody joined a general aviation static display that also featured a Dassault Falcon 7X, several Gulfstream jets, a Bombardier Learjet 60 operated by Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation, a Beechcraft King Air 350ER, a pair of Pilatus PC-12s, a Ruag Do-228NG and a DHC-400 Twin Otter.
There was also an interesting mix of helicopters, with many of them being registered in the region. AgustaWestland, which has already delivered 45 rotorcraft (both civil and military) in Malaysia, showed off a full-scale mockup of its new AW189 model, alongside an AW139, an AW149 and an A109. Bell displayed a 429 and a 407GX, and Russia’s Mil exhibited an Mi-17.