The world’s largest private King Air operator is exhibiting at the Farnborough Airshow for the first time in a bid to broaden the appeal of its fleet of 150 special-mission twin turboprops, available for hire for everything from covert spy operations to aerial mosquito spraying.
The economic downturn has not dented the aerospace and defense industry’s eagerness to gather for the Farnborough International airshow. This year’s event is completely sold out, with more than 1,000 exhibitors booked to show their wares from July 19 to 25.
This year’s Farnborough International airshow (July 19 to 25) is virtually sold out despite the continued economic uncertainty. Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) has invested in upgrading the show, for example by adding a themed conference program and a “meet your buyer” event.
There can be few finer sights in aviation than a General Dynamics F-111 bomber demonstrating the “dump-and-burn” routine. And here this week enjoy every second of it, for it could well be the last time you have the chance to witness the spectacle. The Royal Australian Air Force is retiring its F-111s in early December, and the Singapore Airshow is the final hurrah for the type outside its homeland.
“When the economy gets tough, people do come out and network, see for themselves and build alliances quickly as they can,” Singapore Airshow & Events (SAe) managing director Jimmy Lau said at the organizer’s opening press briefing Sunday. “And this has been the trend we’ve seen in most of the shows, especially in the Asia Pacific.”
The 2010 Singapore Airshow is set to be a sell-out by the time it opens its doors for this year’s February 2 to 7 event. As of press time, just over 95 percent of the 430,000 sq ft of exhibition space had been sold, with some room still available for small companies.
Next stop for many Dubai exhibitors will be the Singapore Airshow, which is now less than three months away–Feb. 2 to 7, 2010. About 90 percent of the 430,000 sq ft of exhibition space has been sold, with more than 800 companies booked. These companies include 62 of the top 100 global aerospace companies such as BAE Systems, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce and HEICO.
The Royal Aeronautical Society is on a recruitment drive at the Dubai Airshow (Stand W144) looking to build on a membership base that already extends to a local branch here in the United Arab Emirates. The show also marks the swansong for the London-based organization’s chief executive, Keith Mans, who is about to retire and be replaced by former Messier-Dowty CEO Simon Luxmoore.
It is not too late to sign up to exhibit at next year’s Farnborough International airshow, but the remaining chalets and indoor exhibits are selling fast.
If you’re looking for a positive sign that international business is alive and well, the news from Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL), organizers of the Farnborough International Airshow, is a great place to start.