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THE Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace and defence event, will return this year from Feb 6 to 11 with an increased focus on the challenges and opportunities brought about by new technologies and innovations.
Held at the Changi Exhibition Centre, the sixth edition of the airshow will feature a series of high-level conferences, forums, displays and co-located events.
These strategic meetings, organised by Experia Events, will provide a platform for key stakeholders in the global aviation industry to discuss the future of aviation.
Government and military delegations, international civil aviation authorities, as well as senior executives from airlines, airport operators, aircraft manufacturers and other aerospace companies are expected to attend.
More than 1,000 companies from some 50 countries - including 65 of the top 100 global aerospace companies - have confirmed their participation at the biennial event.
This year will witness increased participation from Chinese and Russian aerospace companies.
There has been a close to 25 per cent increase in the number of Chinese participating companies, while Russia has nearly doubled their presence from the last airshow.
Leading Russian and Chinese manufacturers of commercial and military aircraft such as United Engine Corporation and Chengdu Holy Aviation will make their first appearance at the airshow.
Other debutantes will include Turkish Aerospace Industries and Honda Aircraft Company. Companies from major aviation markets such as the US, Germany, France, the UK and Israel are still expected to maintain significant representation. Seventy-five per cent of the participating companies are returning exhibitors.
Industry stalwarts such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Rolls-Royce and ST Engineering will return for this year's airshow.
On display will be the latest products and services in such areas as cybersecurity, unmanned aviation systems, avionics, predictive maintenance, additive manufacturing and aircraft health monitoring.
Among the high-level meetings, the key conference would be the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) 2018.
Other conferences that will take place during the airshow include the Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC) and the A*Star Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum (ATLF).
The theme of this year's SATEC is "Shaping Aerospace Through Innovation", in line with Singapore's Smart Nation vision. The eighth edition of SATEC will provide a platform for aviation engineers, operators and researchers to present recent developments in aerospace technology and engineering.
ATLF will gather speakers from leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies.
Leck Chet Lam, managing director of Experia Events, said all the conferences have the same shared focus of addressing the impact of technology and innovation on the global aviation industry. He said: "It also highlights the Singapore Airshow's expanding role as a strategic platform to support regulators, airlines, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders in charting our industry's future growth."
Moreover, there are four main business forums, organised with the support of Experia Events, at this year's airshow.
The Asia Business Forum, held in partnership with consulting firm ICF International, features MRO experts that will share the different strategies to cope with the strong demand in the Asia-Pacific market.
The Aviation Cybersecurity Business Forum, held in partnership with the Singapore University of Technology and Design, will provide advice to companies on how they can deal with the threat of cyber-attacks.
The Emerging Technologies and Innovation Business Forum, held in partnership with French aerospace industries association GIFAS and Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore), will delve deep into areas such as data management and artificial intelligence.
The Autonomous Revolution: The Race is On Business Forum, held in partnership with management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, will emphasise on who the winners and losers are in light of increasing automation.
Crowd favourites static aircraft and aerobatic flying displays will remain a mainstay at the Singapore Airshow. One of the highlights of the static display will be the wide-body Airbus A350-1000, which will enter into commercial service in the next few weeks.
Another aircraft to look out for will be the narrow-body Bombardier CS300, which entered service in 2016. The single-aisle aircraft promises 18 per cent lower costs per passenger than larger, re-engined aircraft.
Other aircraft displayed will include business jets from Gulfstream Aerospace and Textron as well as fighter jets from the Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.
President Halimah Yacob will launch the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) 50th anniversary celebrations at the Singapore airshow. As part of the celebrations, RSAF will display twice the number of assets compared to previous airshows. The RSAF will also perform an aerial display of two F-16s and a F-15SG together for the first time.
The Korean Black Eagles and the Indonesian Jupiter Aerobatic Team are some of the other groups that will take to the skies for the aerobatic flying displays.
A startup showcase, titled "What's Next @ Singapore Airshow", will premiere this year. It allows first-time exhibitors to network and pitch their ideas to investors, accelerators and corporate partners such as iSpace Innovations, Airbus and Boeing.
The Singapore Airshow Aero Campus (SAAC) is set to return after debuting in 2016.
SAAC will provide workshops for secondary and tertiary students, as well as full-time national servicemen. This would enable them to gain insights into the aviation industries and experience the latest aerospace technologies. In all, the Singapore Airshow is expected to provide a boost to Singapore's economy.
According to past media reports, the last edition of the airshow drew in nearly S$329 million and over 130,000 trade and public visitors.
Furthermore, a total of 50 deals were signed during the 2016 Singapore Airshow, of which only 11 were disclosed. The disclosed deals were worth a combined US$12.7 billion.
Experia Events said they expect close to 130,000 trade and public visitors - similar to 2016's numbers - from 150 countries and regions to attend the Singapore Airshow this year.
Getting to Singapore Airshow
Access to Changi Exhibition Centre is only via Tanah Merah Coast Road. Please visit https://www.singaporeairshow.com/trade/getting-there.html for more details.