The world’s aerospace industry is now having to decide whether to follow the Asian Aerospace show brand up to Hong Kong or whether to stay loyal to Singapore and support the new Changi International Air Show.
Gilles Fournier is the new managing director of the Paris Air Show, GIFAS announced here this week. The French association of aerospace industries, which runs the show through its SIAE company, has now opened registration for the next show, due to held June 18 to 24 next year. Prices will increase only by the level of inflation.
German aerospace industry trade association BDLI is expecting more than 1,000 exhibitors for the Berlin airshow, which takes place at the city’s Schönefeld Airport from May 16 to 21.
The newly launched Changi International Airshow has already been renamed as the Singapore Airshow. The change was announced by Singapore’s deputy prime minister S. Jayakumar at the opening ceremony for Asian Aerospace 2006. Organizers have acknowledged that the Singapore Airshow is what most of the world has always called the Asian Aerospace show (which itself is now set to relocate to Hong Kong).
The Farnborough International 2006 airshow (July 17 to 23) is set to be a bumper event with more exhibitors and aircraft than ever before. Show organizers announced here in Singapore that sales for the almost-sold-out event are up more than 15 percent on the last Farnborough airshow in 2004.
Singapore’s 15th and final Asian Aerospace show, and the last airshow to be held here at the Changi Exhibition Centre, is living up to the promoters’ predictions of record visitor numbers to match the record 940-plus exhibitors.
Monday saw no fewer than 5,653 trade visitors negotiate the thorough but unfailingly courteous security screen, a better than 20-percent increase on the first-day total for 2004.
Are the organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference planning to turn future meetings into yet another bizav show? During the event's first run in November, the agenda was confined to speakers addressing various ways to use business aircraft in the region.
NBAA visitors to the Experimental Aircraft Association exhibit (Booth No. 971) can inspect a 2007 Avitat Husky and register to win the airplane. It will be awarded in a drawing next July 29 at EAA’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wis.
Paris show organizer SIAE has responded to industry calls to downsize the event to make it more cost-effective for exhibitors, who have long struggled to justify the expense of taking their products and personnel on the international airshow circuit. Organizers have reduced the duration of the Paris show from nine to seven days by scrapping the traditional opening weekend.
The Asian Aerospace show at Singapore’s Changi Airport in February will be the last event in the current format, following a sudden split between the Singapore government and show organizer Reed Exhibitions. Singapore authorities have said that they will run their own biennial airshow beginning in February 2008. UK-based Reed is now considering alternative venues outside Singapore to stage future Asian Aerospace events.