In just over three months, on February 19, the renamed Singapore Airshow will open at a brand new purpose-built site, with a new dress code for professional visitors and a new organization behind the scenes.
Aviation in Singapore
Visitors to next February’s Singapore Airshow–35,000 professionals is the organizers’ target–will find a spanking new show site and a relaxed atmosphere to help them focus more keenly than ever on the booming business of aerospace.
The expanding business aircraft market in the Asia Pacific region will be one of the key issues that will be debated at the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress, which will be staged for the first time at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong from September 3 to 6.
The warm breeze drifting across Singapore Seletar Airport brings a welcome respite from the midday heat in this island nation near the earth’s equator. At Jet Aviation Singapore, v-p and general manager Geoffrey Hopkins is anticipating a breeze of a different kind–a wind of economic recovery brought on by growing prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
Business aviation is expected to feature prominently in the new-format Asian Aerospace, to be held for the first time in Hong Kong from September 3 through 6. Among the industry players that have committed to the event so far are Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Pilatus and Sikorsky, as well as service providers Jet Aviation and Lufthansa Technik.
The February 2006 Asian Aerospace show at Singapore’s Changi Airport will be the last event in its current format, following a sudden split between the Singapore government and show organizer Reed Exhibitions. Singapore authorities have decided to run their own biennial air show starting February 2008. UK-based Reed is now considering alternative venues outside Singapore to stage future Asian Aerospace events.
Asian Aerospace and its new sibling, Asia Defence Technology, open their doors for the last time at the Changi Exhibition Centre today after a 25-year run that has seen the event grow into one of the biggest events on the international airshow circuit and easily the number one in Asia.
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).