After an eventful 2011 that saw double-digit growth in passenger and aircraft numbers, Singapore is working to improve Changi Airport’s customer experience and global connections. “Despite continuing economic uncertainty and environmental factors, we continue to develop the hub,” according to Changi Airport Group (CAG) chief executive Lee Seow Hiang.
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.
The Singapore Airshow will retain its world top-three ranking with a 2012 event that will be bigger than any of its predecessors, according to show organizers Experia Events. Covered exhibit space for this year’s show total 50,000 sq m–5 percent bigger than in 2010. Outdoor space spanning 100,000 sq m has been filled with more than 65 aircraft–up from around 50 two years ago.
How robust is Asia’s air transport market, given recent evidence of softening demand and financial strain in countries such as India and Malaysia? This week’s Singapore Airshow might provide some answers, with a number of new orders widely anticipated, including a likely deal for regional airliners from Indonesia carrier Garuda.
Piper Aircraft (Booth V63) head of global sales and business development Drew McEwen is leading the Vero Beach, Florida-based company’s delegation here at the Singapore Airshow. The Brunei government-owned aircraft manufacturer also comes to the Singapore show fresh under new management–until a few months ago Imprimis was directing the company; Brunei, which bought Piper in 2009, now holds the full reins.
Canada’s Manitoba Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade (Booth U98) has an exhibit at the Singapore Airshow for the first time to assist small and medium-sized companies look for new or expanded business opportunities.
This month’s Singapore Airshow (February 14 to 19) is on track to surpass the previous 2010 event, with more than 900 exhibitors booked to participate from some 50 countries. What many observers will be keen to gauge is the extent to which the Asia-Pacific’s air transport and defense markets are holding up in the face of continued Western decline.
The Singapore Airshow (Chalet D54) is consistently among the world’s top three airshows and has aspirations of taking over the top spot in 2012. According to Angelica Lim, the Singapore show’s general aerospace and defense group manger, the 2012 event expects 259 delegations from more than 80 countries, more than 900 exhibitors and in excess of 53,000 paid visitors.
Aerostar Ventures Singapore has launched an AOG desk for Indian customers. “Service and response time is slow for operators in India,” director and CEO Praveen Srivastava told AIN. “We intend to reach out aggressively to India, initially from our Singapore location.
Last February’s Singapore Airshow defied the economic downturn to draw 62 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies. The next event in 2012 has already sold 70 percent of its enlarged exhibit space and if you want to join those already booked you have until this Friday here at the Farnborough show (Chalet 31) to book space at special rates.