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.
The UK Trade Investment and the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) and the Society of British Aerospace companies, together, are taking active roles at Asian Aerospace 2006 by mounting a UK pavilion as well as bringing a trade mission to Singapore.
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.
Just over a year before the renamed and relocated Asian Aerospace International Expo & Congress opens its doors for the first time at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo complex, organizer Reed Exhibitions (Chalet A19) has revealed burgeoning support for its flagship industry event.
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.
Business aircraft manufacturers are flocking to Asian Aerospace 2006, eager to build on the impact they made at the first Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) held in Shanghai, China, last August. Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Eclipse Aviation, Embraer, Dassault Falcon Jet, Gulfstream, Pilatus and Raytheon are all booked to exhibit in Singapore.
This month’s Asian Aerospace 2006 show, which runs from February 21 to 26, promises to be the largest staging of the biennial event since it started in 1982. Exhibition space at Singapore Changi International Airport has been increased by 20 percent to meet rising demand for the show, which is expected to draw more than the 27,000 trade visitors and 48,000 public visitors who went to the 2004 show.
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