The Singapore Airshow is Asia’s largest aviation event and one of the three most important aerospace and defense exhibitions in the world. Held biennially, it is organized and managed by Experia Events. The 2014 event, to be held at the Changi Exhibition Centre February 11 to 16, will be the fourth since it started as Singapore Airshow in 2008, under the new organizers.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), the European consortium’s bizliner completion center in Toulouse, France, is here at EBACE (Booth 7040) presenting a new cabin concept. Engineers at the facility have also found ways to cut weight from its cabin interiors.
Singapore state-owned ST Aerospace, known for its MRO operation and its passenger-to-freighter conversions, also runs a small business jet charter operation. Subsidiary Pacific Flight Services (PFS) operates from Singapore, although its four jets are registered in Australia.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), Airbus’s bizliner completion center in Toulouse, has found ways to cut cabin weight on the ACJ320s and ACJ319s it outfits with luxury interiors. It is also unveiling, this month at the EBACE 2013 show in Geneva, a new cabin concept.
The weight reduction, “on the order of 10 percent, or between 1,100 and 1,500 pounds,” according to CEO Benoît Defforge, was the result of “redesign[ed] furniture fittings,” solutions inspired by serial production (as opposed to customized cabins) and use of lighter composite materials for the furniture itself.
Dallas Airmotive Asia Pacific, based at Singapore’s Seletar Airport, is marking its first year of operation by highlighting several milestones achieved since its opening in February 2012.
The highlights include the company’s receipt of authorizations from CAAS/Singapore, CAAP/Philippines, DGCA/Indonesia, DCA/Thailand and DCA/Malaysia. Authorizations from India, China, and EASA are in progress and may be approved during the Expo, according to the company.
Jet Aviation has begun construction of a new hangar in Singapore to accommodate continued growth in its maintenance and FBO activities there. The company is the latest multinational to opt for a new facility at the island state’s Seletar Airport, which has been redeveloped significantly in the past few years as an aerospace and general aviation center. Jet Aviation first landed at Seletar 1995, taking over a 29,400-sq-ft World War II-vintage hangar that it still occupies.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC), a specialist in ACJ VIP cabin completion, has signed a deal with Russia SFD for the first customized package dedicated entirely to ACJ operators. Russia SFD operates two recently delivered ACJs.
Bombardier Aerospace has begun construction on a factory-owned and -operated service center for business aircraft at Singapore Seletar Airport. Set to enter service in next year’s second quarter, the facility will include 31,500 sq ft of hangar space and 28,800 sq ft of office space and back shops. According to a Bombardier spokeswoman, it will be capable of performing a variety of light to heavy maintenance tasks on Learjets, Challengers and Globals.
An undisclosed head-of-state has taken delivery of the 11th aircraft completed by the Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC). The ACJ319 features a six-zone cabin that can carry up to 19 passengers.
What did last week’s Singapore Airshow tell us about the state of air transport in the Asia Pacific region? Apart from highlighting Indonesia as being a pocket of pent-up demand for fleet modernization, the honest answer is not very much.