Asian Aerospace is becoming the most increasingly important showcase for companies pitching for trade in the Far East.

Kate Sarsfield/LONDON

ACCORDING TO ITS organiser, Reed Exhibitions, the biennial Asian Aerospace air show is rapidly becoming one of the most popular events on the aerospace calendar. The 1996 exhibition, which runs from 6-11 February, will be held at Changhi Airport in Singapore, at the centre of one of the fastest- growing economic regions in the world.

The show, for which Flight International is the official magazine, will last for six days and is expected to attract more than 930 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors.

The burgeoning commercial interest in the Far East has encouraged many previous exhibitors to return with a larger presence and has inspired many more to attend the show for the first time. Asian Aerospace debutantes include Boeing 777, Pilatus PC-12, Canadair's CL-415 amphibian water bomber and the Bombardier Global Express (mock-up) and Cessna Citation X business jets. The military line-up will include the Beech Mk11 turboprop trainer, winner of the hotly contested US Joint Primary Aircraft Training System contract, the Lockheed C-130 and the CASA C.212.

The announcement by The Republic of Singapore and Royal Malaysian air forces of requirements for attack helicopters has drawn manufacturers Denel of South Africa and McDonnell Douglas to the show. Each is a strong contender for the contracts, and they will be promoting their respective Rooivalk and AH-64 Longbow Apache helicopters.

McDonnell Douglas is offering the Apache to the Republic of Singapore and Royal Malaysian air forces

Source: Flight International