Singapore. The week-long Singapore Airshow 2016 is all set to be held at Changi Exhibition Centre from February 16 to 21. Dubbed as Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event, it will seek to bring together the global aerospace community and important commercial, government and military delegations.
At a time when Asia-Pacific is emerging as the world’s fastest growing region, the fifth edition of Singapore Airshow assumes added significance in providing a platform for interaction and business among high-level military and government delegations and industry players and stakeholders from airlines, airport operators, manufacturers and related industries from all over the world.
The 2016 edition is likely to witness participation of more than 1,000 companies from 50 countries. Industry heavyweights like Airbus, Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Embraer, Israel Aerospace Industries, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Tales and UTC Aerospace Systems will register their presence at the airshow.
The projected growth of Asia’s aircraft fleet size over the next two decades is phenomenal. According to a projection made by Boeing, Asia will account for close to 40 percent of new aircraft deliveries whilst North America and Europe will account for 21 percent and 19 percent respectively, making Asia’s fleet size the largest in the world by 2034. This rate of growth emphasises the need for regional investment to support and expand aviation infrastructure including airport and airspace capacity, and the corresponding increase in demand for MRO and other auxiliary services and industries. This underscores Singapore Airshow’s importance as the strategic platform of choice for key industry players to tap on emerging markets, showcase their latest products and technologies, forge partnerships and be attuned to the needs and development of the industry in the thriving Asia Pacific region.
In addition to mainstay events such as the Exhibition, Static Display, Aerobatic Display, Technology Seminars and Strategic Conferences, the upcoming show in will showcase segments such as the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) 2016 at the Raffles City Convention Centre (RCCC) on February 14 and 15.
Last edition of the airshow had introduced the Feature Country series in 2014 to put the spotlight on countries which have strong and thriving businesses in the aviation and defence sectors.
France has been chosen as the Singapore Airshow 2016 Feature Country because of its position as a major player in the aviation industry. It is a key global aerospace services and products exporter, with an aerospace, defence and security industry worth 47.9 billion euros.
As many as 17 country pavilions have been confirmed to date. They are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Switzerland, Romania.
Singapore Airshow 2016 promises to be a platform for knowledge exchange and the catalyst for meaningful, solutions-based discussion with strong international participation across the aviation industry value chain, from exhibitors and high-level delegations.
Jointly organised by the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Experia Events and International Air Transport Association (IATA), the conference will bring together key stakeholders in aviation, including top government representatives, civil aviation authorities and senior executives of airlines, airport operators, aircraft manufacturers as well as the heads of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and IATA to exchange valuable insights, network and strengthen the nexus between governments and the aviation industry. Taking place every two years, SAALS has established itself as the definitive global aviation conference that offers a unique platform for industry players to engage government officials to advance the strategic interests of the aviation sector.
2016 will focus on how new ideas and emerging technologies, while presenting new challenges for the sector, could also provide new opportunities and enablers to drive the success of global aviation. (Please refer to Appendix A for more details of the panel discussions.)
The list of luminaries attending SAALS include Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam (the Guest-of-Honour for the opening dinner on 14 February 2016), Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President and Mr Tony Tyler, Director General & CEO, IATA. Mr Khaw, Dr Aliu and Mr Tyler will deliver the conference’s opening keynotes on 15 February 2016.
Ms Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, will also be delivering a keynote address during With the theme “Aviation Tomorrow: Managing New Challenges, Realising New Potentials”, SAALS the lunch on 15 February 2016. Other notable speakers include Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Countering Extremism), United Kingdom, Mr Michael Huerta, Administrator, US Federal Aviation Administration, Mr Henrik Hololei, Director General, EC Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, Ms Angela Gittens, Director-General, Airports Council International, Capt Martin Chalk, President, International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations, Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, Mr James Hogan, CEO, Etihad Airways, Mr Willie Walsh, CEO, IAG Group, Mr Christoph Mueller, CEO, Malaysia Airlines and Mr Vikram Widge, Head of Climate and Carbon Finance, World Bank.
“Aviation is a linchpin of the global economy, connecting people, businesses and ideas from all over the world,” said Mr Kevin Shum, Director- General of CAAS and Chairman of the SAALS 2016 Organising Committee. “While growth in the sector remains strong, it also brings with it increased complexities and challenges. Through SAALS, we can catalyse critical conversations among movers and shakers in global aviation to shape the future landscape of aviation and ensure the sustainability of aviation.”
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