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.
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.
The 2010 Singapore Airshow opens this morning against a backdrop of dire warnings about the state of the airline industry. The air transport sector needs to change fundamentally from top to bottom if it is to pull out of the plunge it took in the wake of the recent financial crisis, according to speakers at yesterday’s Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit.
“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.”
Reed Exhibitions has launched Asian Business Aviation (ABA) as a new trade show that will be held for the first time in the Chinese city of Macau June 9 to 11 this year. The event will be hosted by the Macau Business Aviation Centre (MBAC) at Macau International Airport and will include indoor booths as well as a static display of aircraft.
Airbus closed 2009 on a positive commercial note with orders for 85 aircraft received in December–27 from Asia-Pacific customers, including 16 A330-200s for China Eastern Airlines, 10 A320s for Air New Zealand and one A320 for Zest Airways of the Philippines. Despite the continuing weakness of the world economy, the European airframer expects to maintain 2010 orders and deliveries at 2009 levels, especially to China.
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.
Organizers of next year’s Singapore Airshow are here in Paris (Chalet D226) pressing for a sell out for the Feb. 2-7, 2010 event. So far, 90 percent of its exhibit space has been sold. They anticipate more than 700 exhibitors will attend, including 60 of the world’s top 100 aerospace firms.