The 2012 Farnborough International Airshow will fly in the face of still-tough business conditions, according to organizers of the biennial event to be staged in the UK July 9 to 15. “The last two years have seen a very difficult economic environment, but 2012 is looking like it will be a really great show,” said Farnborough International chief executive Shaun Ormrod.
In response to exhibitors’ concerns about the high cost of exhibiting on the international air show circuit, Farnborough International organizers have introduced a new schedule that will see the exhibit halls closed over the public weekend of the show (July 14-15).
One month ahead of the opening of the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow, Amanda Stainer, Farnborough International events and exhibitions director, spoke with Charles Alcock, AIN international editor, about how plans for the big event are shaping up and the mood of the aerospace industry.
ABACE organizers and exhibitors agree that the reborn show has been a great success that has put Asian business aviation firmly on the international airshow calendar. This year’s event, which ends tomorrow, fulfilled all of its objectives, according to NBAA president Ed Bolen. “We had 157 exhibitors,” he told AIN. “I’ve spoken to quite a few of them and I think its fair to say they are quite pleased with the quality of the people they are talking to.”
With one more day to run, ABACE organizers and exhibitors agree that the reborn show has been a great success that has put Asian business aviation firmly on the international air show calendar. This year’s event fulfilled all of its objectives, according to NBAA president Ed Bolen, who pointed to its ability to bring buyers and sellers together.
Boeing plans to start the fourth segment of its so-called 787 Dream Tour on March 1, as Dreamliner ZA003 visits the first of eight cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico before heading to the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, Chile, in late March.
The Farnborough International Airshow (July 9-15, 2012) is shaping up to be not just bigger than the 2010 event but also better, according to exhibitions and events director Amanda Stainer, “with exciting new features that will captivate [attendees’] imaginations.” Exhibit areas are already 95 percent sold out, she said. Contributing to the excitement surrounding this year’s airshow are preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Game (July 27 to August 12).
TC Chan is heading up Rockwell Collins’s efforts in the Asia Pacific region, which include China, India and the South Pacific. Airline, military and business aviation all offer growing opportunities for the U.S-headquartered avionics manufacturer. And Chan explained how Rockwell Collins views these opportunities in this interview at the Singapore Airshow.
AIN contributing editor Liz Moscrop asked Francois Chazelle, Airbus vice president of commercial jets, to describe the special features in the Al Jaber Aviation ACJ318 parked on the Singapore Airshow static ramp.
Cessna Aircraft said today at the Singapore Airshow that it expects “accelerating demand” for light and midsize business jets across the Asia-Pacific region in the next decade. Speaking at the show, vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMAA) Trevor Esling said, “The Asia-Pacific region already accounts for 10 percent of Cessna’s business jet sales, and we anticipate demand increasing further in the medium to long term.