Boeing has acknowledged its embarrassment over the effect of delays on customers in the Asia Pacific region and despite a characteristic refusal by some executives here to discuss compensation payments, one manager freely offered a gesture of contrition.
Singapore Air Show » February 20, 2008
An all-new show site awaited visitors to Singapore for this year’s event. The Changi Exhibition Centre offers a host of advantages over the Asian Aerospace venue of years past. For one, the crowd is thrillingly close to the aerial display show line.
The air transport industry’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia and Singapore’s aerospace industry is poised to reap the benefit, the country’s prime minister said here yesterday before officially opening the show.
New business jet operator BJets launched its block charter, fractional and aircraft management services at the air show yesterday with a $600 million order for 20 Cessna Citation CJ2+s and 20 Hawker 850XPs and 900XPs, scheduled for delivery over the next five years. It holds options for another 10 Hawkers. Majority owned by the Briley Group and a significant holding of India’s Tata Group, BJets will operate in India and Southeast Asia.
The U.S. is pushing ahead with a plan to share Global Hawk data and operations with Pacific Rim countries, but has still to define the scheme. Gen.
Malaysia’s YTL Corporation Berhad signed an order at the show for an AgustaWestland AW139 twin-turbine helicopter for VIP and corporate transport operations. The purchase marks the first sale of the AW139 to the Malaysian VIP market. Capt. Revi Chandran, left, is YTL group aviation manager. With him is Renzo Lunardi, AgustaWestland senior vice president of commercial business.
It appeared that organizers took special care to avoid a political faux pas with mainland China yesterday, exerting direct control over at least one company’s exhibit.
AirAsia has selected a suite of Rockwell Collins avionics for 60 new Airbus A320s, with options for 40 more. AirAsia X, its low-cost affiliate, selected the same avionics for 15 Airbus A330 aircraft.
Under terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will provide maintenance support at a set price per flight hour for 15 years. Previously, the avionics firm announced a service-and-support contract with AirAsia for 100 A320 aircraft.
Boeing announced new firm orders from two Indonesian airlines–ambitious low-fare 737 operator Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia–for a total of 60 airplanes. An order for 56 B737-900ERs from Lion Air raises the airline’s order total for the type to 178. Garuda’s commitment for four 777-300ERs accompanies a conversion of an order for six deferred 777-200ERs to the larger type, bringing its total -300ER commitment to 10.
Very light jet pioneer Eclipse Aviation has sold 10 of the twin-turbofan aircraft to Indian charter operator Club One Air of New Delhi.
The purchase marks Eclipse Aviation’s entry into the Indian business aviation market and expands its global reach and impact, the Albuquerque, New Mexico manufacturer said.