Streaking across the Changi skies in their sleek red-and-white F-16s, the Black Knights symbolize Singapore’s determination to boost this revamped, go-it-alone airshow. The team has re-formed for the first time since 2000. Be sure to catch their performance here this week, for it may not be repeated elsewhere.
Singapore’s Black Knights carves an arc in the skies above Changi as they demonstrate their skills for the airshow crowd. The Black Knights fly F-16 fighters.
The relaunched Singapore Airshow will stage its first event at a brand-new venue from February 19 to 24.
The number of trade days at the next Farnborough International Air Show (July 18 to 23, 2006) has been reduced from five to four. Instead of starting on Monday, as it has in the past, the event will run from Tuesday through Sunday, and the first four days will be reserved for professional visitors, while the weekend will continue to be set aside for the public. There is no officially designated media day.
Anyone with even a superficial knowledge of the stratospheric ambitions of the Middle East air transport sector generally, and mind-boggling wealth of the Arabian Gulf states in particular, had expected the 2007 Dubai Airshow to be an epic event. But it is doubtful that anyone outside the top tiers of the region’s airline managements really anticipated the volume of business announced over just five days (November 11 to 15).
Two years after 9/11, Dubai’s biennial air show will declare itself to be firmly back to business as usual when it opens next month (December 7 to 11) in the United Arab Emirates. Last time, the event convincingly put on a brave face in the wake of 9/11 and the U.S.-led war against Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies in Afghanistan (just 500 miles north).
The September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. immediately cast doubt on the viability of next month’s Dubai Air Show in the United Arab Emirates (November 4 to 8). However, at press time show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions said no consideration had yet been given to postponing or canceling the event.
Airbus and Boeing took center stage at the Dubai Airshow this week, with airlines announcing orders worth some $80 billion. However, business aviation had its time in the sun, too. Embraer took orders for 51 business jets (seven Lineage 1000s, seven Legacy 600s, nine Phenom 300s and 28 Phenom 100s). Cessna reported selling 12 Mustangs and five Sovereigns. Dassault Falcon sold four 7Xs and one 900EX.
By all accounts, the 2007 edition of the Dubai Air Show has been a resounding success. A record number of aircraft lined the static display and billions of dollars in aircraft and engine orders were tallied. Yet this 10th airshow will be the last at what is now Dubai International Airport (DXB). When the aerospace industry next comes to the desert, it will be at the new Dubai World Central Airport now being built.
In recent years on the international airshow circuit, the Airbus A380 super-large airliner has dominated static displays. But here in Dubai, the double-decker had to vie for visitors’ attention among some 140 aircraft of all sorts of shape, size, origin and purpose. There is something here for everyone, from freighters and fighters to the fanciest VIP jets.