Singapore Airshow Promises to be Bigger and Better

Experia Event managing director Leck Chet Lam.

The seventh edition of the Singapore Airshow is set to soar to new heights once again at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) from 11 to 16 February.

Singapore Airshow 2020

Show organiser Experia Events said it expects over 65 of the top 100 aerospace and defence companies, over 1,000 companies from 50 countries, as well as in excess of 55,000 trade attendees from 150 countries at the biennial event.

The company noted that the aviation industry is undergoing a transformation that is driven by digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI), along with other disruptive technologies such as autonomous flight systems and advanced propulsion technologies.

Director Leck Chet Lam

“The Singapore Airshow is where global leaders meet and forge strategic partnerships, and also where game-changing innovation can be showcased,” said Experia Event managing director Leck Chet Lam.

In a first, the CEC will be powered by over 15,000 solar panels that can produce a maximum capacity of 6.3 megawatts at its peak or up to 7,840 megawatt hours of power annually. These solar panels have already been installed on the building’s roof.

“This is really our little effort in contributing to make sure there is environmental sustainability,” Leck said earlier.

Forums and meetings

The Singapore Airshow will continue to play host to high-level business forums and meetings such as the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAAL), which will be attended by aviation and government regulators, airline and airport chiefs and industry experts, as well as the A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum, the Singapore Aerospace Technology & Engineering Conference and the inaugural Aerospace Media Awards Asia.

Aerial Displays?

Leck did not disclose details of the keenly anticipated aerial displays, although the US Air Force’s Raptor F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team announced on its social media accounts that Singapore will be the first destination of its 2020 global tour.

The Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF) Black Eagles aerobatic team has also announced its return to the event, no doubt with the intent of exorcising the horror of its 2018 participation where one of its Korean Aerospace Industries T-50B aircraft crashed and burned during the leadup to a performance, forcing the team to pull out of the remaining days of the event.

by JR Ng