Singapore Airshow 2022

News from the show



US Marine Corps pilot discusses landing F-35B on Japanese carrier

US Marine Corps Lieutenat Colonel Robert Guyette added a footnote to aviation history on 3 October 2021, when he became the first pilot to land a fixed-wing aircraft aboard a Japanese carrier since the 1940s.

Luftwaffe A400M Airbus


Airbus defence chief eyes strong potential for Asia-Pacific sales

Airbus Defence & Space sees opportunities for the A400M tactical transport and other platforms in the Asia-Pacific region, as air forces look to replace legacy platforms and improve capabilities. 

First A320neo for the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific


Cebu Pacific sees bellyhold as main cargo strategy

Cebu Pacific is not looking to take dedicated freighters in the near term — even amid a robust cargo market during the pandemic — as it believes a “large chunk” of cargo will be carried as bellyhold freight.  

FlightGlobal Singapore airshow 2022 CEO forum

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Senior industry leaders speaking at the Aviation CEO Forum, organised on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow by FlightGlobal with partners Experia Events and CFM International, believe that recovery is on the horizon – but that potential headwinds mean the sector is not fully out of the woods yet.

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Qantas picks Airbus for A321P2F systems upgrade

Qantas has signed an agreement with Airbus for a series of modifications and upgrades to its Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter aircraft. 

A350-1000 Qantas livery


Qantas ‘Project Sunrise’ A350 talks ongoing as Airbus touts widebody family credentials

Discussions with Qantas about firming up its order for Airbus A350-1000s to operate ultra-long-haul flights are still ongoing, but Airbus is optimistic of the outcome. 

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Asia Digital Engineering ‘keen to’ expand MRO capabilities as region rebounds

Asia Digital Engineering (ADE) — the AirAsia-linked MRO unit of Capital A group — has begun work to build a sprawling facility at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), as it eyes expanding its maintenance capabilities to more aircraft types. 



Bamboo Airways warms up to 777X, eyes international ramp-up

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways has “expressed interest” in possibly ordering the Boeing 777X, as it eyes expanding its long-haul international network to 40 destinations by year-end. 

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Cebu Pacific sees short-haul gains from high-density A330neos

Cebu Pacific will take delivery of three more Airbus A330neos this year — taking its current fleet to five examples — and the remaining 11 jets will follow over the next four years. 

ANA 777-300ER


ANA signs digital services agreements with GE, Boeing

Japan’s All Nippon Airways has tapped GE Aviation’s digital services for fuel management and has extended a Boeing digital toolbox contract for another five years. 

SIAEC Hangar


SIA Engineering completes trial using SAF for engine tests

SIA Engineering has completed an engine test using sustainable aviation fuel and is hoping to perform more of such tests soon. 

Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10


SIA, Scoot pick Collins for 787 component support

Singapore Airlines and low-cost unit Scoot have signed a long-term component MRO agreement with Collins Aerospace for Boeing 787 aircraft. 

Wideroe, Rolls-Royce, Embraer zero-emissions study


Embraer, Rolls-Royce and Wideroe launch zero-emission aircraft concept study

Embraer, Rolls-Royce and Wideroe have unveiled plans for a 12-month study for a conceptual zero-emission regional aircraft seeking to understand the propulsion and operational options for such types.



SIA places $2.8b order for GE9X engines

Singapore Airlines has signed an order for 22 additional GE9X engines, which will power its fleet of Boeing 777-9s. 



Eve, Skyports explore Japan eVTOL concept of operations

Embraer’s urban air mobility unit Eve will partner with Skyports to develop a concept of operations for advanced air mobility in Japan.

Embraer Turboprop concept. Embraer Tweet 102920-2


Rolls-Royce interested in regional return on Embraer’s potential new turboprop

Roll-Royce is “very interested” in potentially providing an engine for Embraer’s proposed new 70-90-seat regional turboprop project.


Conferences and events

FlightGlobal Singapore airshow 2022 CEO forum

Senior industry leaders speaking at the Aviation CEO Forum, organised on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow by FlightGlobal with partners Experia Events and CFM International, believe that recovery is on the horizon – but that potential headwinds mean the sector is not fully out of the woods yet.



ST Engineering to convert world’s first 757 firefighting tanker

ST Engineering is to create the world’s first Boeing 757 firefighting aircraft through the conversion of a passenger jet, with service entry expected within two years. 



Airbus defence boss: only LMXT meets KC-Y requirements

Airbus Defence & Space chief executive Michael Schoellhorn believes that Lockheed Martin’s proposed LMXT tanker is the only aircraft that will meet the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) nascent KC-Y requirement.

AirAsia VX4 Image


AirAsia to lease at least 100 Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft

AirAsia Aviation Group will take at least 100 Vertical Aerospace VX4 electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from lessor Avolon, becoming the first Southeast Asian operator of the type. 



MRO digitalisation ‘a big deal’ as recovery on the horizon: Collins

As airlines return capacity after a battering from the coronavirus crisis, Collins Aerospace believes it is important that MRO services move quickly to digitalise. 



EFW clinches SmartLynx order for six A321P2F conversions

Aircraft modification joint venture EFW has secured an order for six Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter conversions from Latvian operator SmartLynx Airlines. 

Embraer's Eve


Embraer’s Eve bolsters backlog with commitments from Australian operators

A trio of Australian operators have placed tentative orders for up to 90 of the electric take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to be produced by Embraer’s Eve urban air mobility unit.

Aircraft at Ho Chi Minh city airport


Asia-Pacific market to bounce back: Boeing

Despite 24 to 30 months of lost growth because of the impact of the pandemic, the Asia-Pacific air travel market will return to its pre-Covid level and strong growth, according to Darren Hulst, vice president commercial marketing of Boeing, speaking at the Singapore Airshow.

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Interest in loitering munitions grows in Asia after Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: IAI

After the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in which loitering munitions were seen as playing a decisive role, interest in the new weapon type among Asian militaries is growing.

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Turkish Aerospace looks for TF-X partners, customers in Asia

Turkish Aerospace is on the hunt for potential customers and partners for its TF-X stealth fighter.

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Rafael sees big market for Spike NLOS with Asian AH-64 operators

After the US Army adopted the Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missile as an interim long-range weapon for its Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, manufacturer Rafael believes more export orders could come.

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ST Engineering will help put the SAF into Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and ST Engineering are to work together to study the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the French manufacturer’s turboshaft powerplants.



RSAF builds for future as upgraded F-16s come on line

Singapore’s first upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter has entered service following delivery of the aircraft in June last year, its air force chief has revealed.



SIA firms up A350 freighter commitments

Singapore Airlines has confirmed its order for seven Airbus A350 freighters, which will replace its fleet of Boeing 747-400 cargo jets. 

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ST Engineering beefs up Leap-1B MRO capabilities

ST Engineering Aerospace has announced plans to boost its MRO capabilities for the CFM International Leap-1B turbofan.



Collins talks up advanced capabilities at Singapore show

Collins Aerospace is promoting a range of mission systems at the Singapore Airshow, from advanced reconnaissance capabilities to its ACES 5 ejection seat.

JetBlue Airways Airbus A220


JetBlue orders 30 more Airbus A220-300s

JetBlue Airways has ordered another 30 Airbus A220-300s to take its firm commitment for the type to 100.

A321neo BOC Aviation


BOC Aviation orders Leap engines for A320neo deliveries in 2023

Aircraft lessor BOC Aviation has placed an order covering eight CFM International Leap-1A engine shipsets to power Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

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CDB Aviation adds 12 more A330 freighter conversions amid Chinese customer demand

Aircraft lessor CDB Aviation has committed to a further dozen Airbus A330 passenger to freighter conversions with German aircraft modification joint venture EFW after securing lease commitments with Chinese operators.

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Boeing teams with ST Engineering to add 767 freighter conversion line in Guangzhou

Boeing is to establish a 767-300BCF conversion line at ST Engineering’s airframe facility in Guangzhou in response to growing customer demand for freighters.



Industry leaders see post-pandemic growth imminent, but headwinds remain

Senior industry leaders speaking at the Aviation CEO Forum, organised on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow by FlightGlobal with partners Experia Events and CFM International, believe that recovery is on the horizon – but that potential headwinds mean the sector is not fully out of the woods yet. 



Airbus to explore Singapore ‘hydrogen hub’

Airbus is continuing its push for hydrogen-powered aviation and has launched a study to make Singapore a “hydrogen hub”.

F-35A at Heart of Texas air show


Lockheed sees opportunity to build battlefield networks for foreign air forces

Lockheed Martin believes foreign militaries will follow the US Air Force’s example and fund development of battlefield networks of their own.

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Singapore explores developing UAM hub at Seletar Aerospace Park

Singapore has signed two agreements with urban air mobility companies Volocopter and Skyports to explore ways to grow the fledging sector at the Seletar Aerospace Park. 



India’s Alliance Air to add pair of ATR 42s for Himalayan routes

Indian regional carrier Alliance Air is to acquire a pair of new ATR 42-600s via lessor TrueNoord, adding to the airline’s existing fleet of larger ATR 72 turboprops.

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Manufacturers compete to seize maritime patrol aircraft market in Asia

Territorial water disputes, pirates, submarines lurking beneath the surface – there’s plenty of reasons why South East Asian countries are in the market for maritime patrol aircraft.

Korean Army Chinook


Boeing signs three support contracts with South Korean military

Boeing has announced a trio of performance-based logistics (PBL) contracts covering platforms in service with the Suth Korean military. 



Volocopter eyes 2024 Singapore launch and promises S$4.2 billion in economic benefits

Urban air mobility developer Volocopter is targeting commercial launch in Singapore around 2024 — once it clinches type certification — with intra-city tourist flights the first in its plans. 



Avionics can play role in recovery, sustainability, says Thales

Despite slower recovery in the Asia-Pacific region from the coronavirus crisis, Thales remains confident of opportunities in the region.

Embraer Arjan Meijer


Embraer spins up turboprop ambitions

Embraer continues to explore the development of a turboprop airliner, with an announcement possible later this year.

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Airbus Helicopters targets Asia-Pacific replacement demand

Airbus Helicopters anticipates strong replacement demand both for military and civilian rotorcraft in the Asia-Pacific region.

China-Airlines-A321neo-cr Airbus


ST Engineering expands component support deals with Asian carriers

ST Engineering has signed a number of long-term component maintenance contracts with Asian carriers covering their fleet of narrowbody aircraft. 

China Eastern A350


Airbus ‘still hopeful’ of Chinese market despite tapering backlog

Airbus remains confident of its prospects in China, despite the fact that its order backlog for Chinese operators is dwindling with no major deals clinched in the last few years. 

Boeing KC-46 USAF


KC-46 the right aircraft for KC-Y: Boeing’s Caret

Boeing stands ready to pitch the KC-46 should the US government hold a competition for a possible acquisition of up to 160 new tankers under its nascent KC-Y requirement.

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Aviation Capital and Jazeera firm Airbus narrowbody orders

Aircraft lessor Aviation Capital Group has firmed its tenative commitment for 20 Airbus A220s, while Kuwaiti low-cost carrier Jazeera Airways has finalised its order for 28 A320neo family aircraft.



SIA’s selection of A350F is ‘huge endorsement’ for programme, says Airbus sales chief

Airbus sales chief Christian Scherer believes Singapore Airlines’ endorsement of the A350 Freighter will help the airframer capture additional sales for the new cargo variant of its widebody twin.



Boeing’s China 737 Max completions centre ready for delivery restart

Boeing’s 737 Max completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan, China is ready to support deliveries of the narrowbody when they resume to the Mainland.



AAPA calls for end to quarantines and testing

For the tentative Asia-Pacific traffic recovery to properly take hold, governments in the region must remove all Covid testing and the need for fully vaccinated travellers to quarantine, says Subhas Menon, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

MRO FlightSense


Collins embarks on $27m Asia expansion and clinches China Airlines engine MRO deal

Collins Aerospace will be investing more than $27 million in expanding its MRO presence in two Asian cities, as it eyes growth in a key market. 

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First A320P2F to enter service with African cargo carrier Astral Aviation

Nairobi-based cargo operator Astral Aviation will be the launch operator of the Airbus A320 passenger-to-freighter aircraft, taking its first example in the second quarter of the year. 

Singapore H225M


RSAF H225M leads show of force in Singapore Airshow static park

The Airbus Helicopters H225M in service with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has made its public debut in the Singapore Airshow static park, appearing alongside several other military assets.

Boeing 777-9


Boeing test team sends upbeat message on 777-9

Boeing is mounting a spirited effort to drive interest in the 777-9 at this year’s Singapore Airshow, but tough Asian market conditions could delay big sales.

ST Engineering DroNet


ST Engineering wins nine-month pilot for shore-to-ship drone delivery

ST Engineering has partnered with Skyports and Sumitomo Corporation in a nine-month trial to explore using unmanned aircraft for shore-to-ship delivery of parcels. 



Singapore Airshow organisers optimistic despite drop in visitor and exhibitor numbers

Organisers of the Singapore Airshow 2022 expect far fewer attendees compared to 2020, but they remain confident the show will continue to attract “high quality” visitors. 

HAL Tejas


HAL Tejas, 777X star in Singapore Airshow flying display

The flying display at this year’s Singapore Airshow features two new aircraft as well as stalwarts from previous shows.



Singapore Airlines to pilot SAF at Changi

From the third quarter of 2022, all Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights at Changi Airport will use a blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in a pilot project fronted by the airline, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Temasek. 

ST Engineering Engine MRO

In depth

After pandemic’s battering, Singapore’s aerospace industry looks to turn the corner

After almost two years into the coronavirus pandemic, the worst could be over for Singapore’s aerospace industry, which sees itself a market leader in the region.

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ASEAN hubs should refocus on new regional connections: whitepaper

A new whitepaper about air travel in Southeast Asia contends that the region’s Covid-hit hubs should look to boost regional connectivity.

Jewel Changi Airport Control Tower


CAAS chief eyes rebuilding of Singapore air hub

The head of the Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS) believes 2022 will be a year of rebuilding Singapore’s position as a leading international hub.

F-15SG Singapore Air Force

In depth

ASEAN air forces confront fraught geopolitical landscape

Southeast Asia’s air forces are struggling to modernise in the face of new geopolitical realities.

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Rolls-Royce adds to Singapore headcount amid optimism over recovery

Rolls-Royce plans to hire at least 280 more workers in Singapore over the next two years or so, as it projects near-term growth, particularly in the services sector. 

Singapore Merlion


Bubbles, lanes, and then some: How Singapore is reclaiming air hub status

After a series of false starts, Singapore’s plans to reopen its borders – and reclaim its status as a global air hub – are well well underway, though full recovery remains an elusive goal.