Aerion and international sales distributor ExecuJet Aviation Group last month at the Singapore Airshow secured letters of intent for three more Aerion supersonic business jets from the first customers from India. This takes the total pledged LOIs for the SSBJ to $2 billion, based on the SSBJ’s $80 million price tag.
Canadian avionics house CMC Electronics will supply its integrated Cockpit 4000 suite for the 40 KT-1C basic trainers that Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has sold to Turkey. The KT-1C is an upgraded, export version of the KT-1 that is already in service with the Republic of Korea Air Force. The KT-1C was the first application for the Cockpit 4000 avionics suite: KAI selected CMC for the prototype installation in January 2003.
At the Singapore Airshow today, new business jet operator BJets launched its block charter, fractional and aircraft management service with a massive $600 million order for 20 Cessna Citation CJ2+s and 20 Hawker 850XPs and 900XPs, to be delivered over the next five years. Another 10 Hawkers are on option. The value of the CJ2+ order is $150 million, while its firm order for 11 Hawker 900XPs and nine 850XPs is valued at $450 million.
An all-new show site awaited visitors to Singapore for this year’s event. The Changi Exhibition Centre offers a host of advantages over the Asian Aerospace venue of years past. For one, the crowd is thrillingly close to the aerial display show line.
The air transport industry’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia and Singapore’s aerospace industry is poised to reap the benefit, the country’s prime minister said here yesterday before officially opening the show.
AINtv.com editorial director Charles Alcock cohosted Tuesday’s live CNBC broadcast from the Singapore Airshow. The worldwide broadcast focused on aerospace’s current market state, and the challenges it faces.
The Roulettes display team from Australia is providing a daily example of skilled flying in conditions that are sometimes quite demanding. In a marked contrast to the thunderous roar of the RSAF Black Knights display team, which features the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter, the turboprop-powered Australian-built Pilatus PC-9A trainers are slower–and quieter.
Opening-day visitors to the inaugural Singapore Airshow will find a brand-new site fit for the newly revamped event. Even the land it sits on is new, reclaimed over the last 10 years from the waters of the Singapore Strait. And best of all, if things go according to plan, access should prove pretty much painless.
Streaking across the Changi skies in their sleek red-and-white F-16s, the Black Knights symbolize Singapore’s determination to boost this revamped, go-it-alone airshow. The team has re-formed for the first time since 2000. Be sure to catch their performance here this week, for it may not be repeated elsewhere.
The relaunched Singapore Airshow will stage its first event at a brand-new venue from February 19 to 24.