Asia’s biggest aviation show opened today at the Changi Exhibition Centre, and Airbus is at the heart of it.
The Singapore Airshow, held every two years, is where partnerships are forged and deals are sealed in the Asia-Pacific region. Airbus is the largest international exhibitor at the show, reflecting the company’s commitment to this part of the world.
Airbus boasts a strong industrial presence in the region and relies upon some 600 Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers across 15 countries. Asia-Pacific nations are also an increasingly rich source of partnerships for innovation, new technologies and digitalisation.
The Asia-Pacific region accounts for a third of Airbus’ new business and an equal third of the company’s order book. The region is, in fact, the fastest growing market for each Airbus business – commercial aircraft, defence, space, helicopters and innovation – and the range of Airbus products at the Singapore Airshow reflects this.
The Asia-Pacific region is one of biggest growth markets for Airbus’ defence and space portfolio. Showcasing the company’s comprehensive range of military transport aircraft is a Royal Malaysian Air Force A400M Atlas, the most advanced, proven and certified airlifter available. Airbus’ Earth-observation and telecommunication satellite system capabilities are represented with a scale model of the AstroBus-XS satellite platform.
Demonstrating Airbus’ commitment to innovation is the Hangar of the Future, a project to digitise and automate maintenance activities to increase overall efficiency. The project, undertaken with the Temasek Polytechnic education institution in Singapore, is co-funded by Airbus and the Singapore Economic Development Board. Trials are ongoing at a testbed hangar at Temasek Polytechnic.
The 2018 Singapore Airshow runs through 11 February 2018 at the Changi Exhibition Centre.