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Without any big ticket aircraft deal, the industry focused more on components, maintenanc­e, repairs and overhauls contracts


ONE OF THE LEADING airshows in the world, the Singapore Airshow 2018, held at the Changi exhibition centre from February 6-11, was high on component and service contracts but low on aircraft deals. The show saw the debut of What’s Next @ Singapore Air show which gave opportunit­y to nearly 70 start-ups from nine countries, including China, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States, to showcase their latest innovation­s, interact and pitch their ‘ business ideas and offerings to potential investors, accelerato­rs and corporate partners.’

The highlight of the static display was the Asia debut of the Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraftTe­xtron Aviation Cessna Citation Longitude, and Embraer’s fourth prototype of a next-gener- ation narrow-body jet – the E-190 E2 prototype. The Managing Director of Experia Events, organisers of Singapore Airshow, Leck Chet Lam, said, “By focusing on both vital aviation-centric technologi­es like avionics and connected aircraft, predictive maintenanc­e and additive manufactur­ing, as well as innovation­s in the areas of cyber security and autonomous technology, the Singapore Airshow will empower stakeholde­rs to effectivel­y harness the vast potential of technology innovation to shape the industry’s future.”

Around 1,062 companies from 50 countries showcased their products and innovation­s to around 50,000 trade visitors, 10 per cent more than last edition, and 287 VIP delegation­s. The organisers claimed that “over 70 per cent of exhibitors have committed to returning to the Singapore Airshow 2020.”

SINGAPORE AIRLINE - ROLLS-ROYCE SIGNS $1.7 BILLION CONTRACT FOR TRENT ENGINE. Singapore Airlines signed a $1.7 billion contract with Rolls-Royce for supply of Trent 1000 engines for 19 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. It also includes engine support service through the Rolls-Royce’s flagship TotalCare®.

“The signing comes as the airline prepares for the entry into service of its first 787-10 aircraft powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency, New Technology). A full-size Trent 1000, which is on display at the RollsRoyce stand and has been a great attraction for visitors, provided the backdrop for the signing,” Rolls-Royce said in a statement.

In 2013, SIA Group had ordered for Trent 1000 engines for 50 aircraft. GULFSTREAM G500 AND G600 MAKE ASIA DEBUT. The show saw the Asia debut of the flight-test aircraft of Gulfstream G500 and G600 which were part of the company’s static display.

“Customers based in the Asia-Pacific region require aircraft that have the range, speed and payload capacity to travel easily between world business centers. Each aircraft we’re showcasing in Singapore, including the G500 and G600, is at the top of its class. We’re excited to have the G500 and G600 in Asia, so customers can explore their exquisite interiors, unparallel­ed comfort and superior craftsmans­hip,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream.

There are more than 330 Gulfstream aircraft in service in the Asia-Pacific region, out of which, 280 of them are large-cabin.

“Following impressive regional growth since 2012, we have continued to invest in and grow our customer product support network which now includes Gulfstream Beijing, our service center; two additional Gulfstream-authorised service centers; four Gulfstream-authorised warranty facilities; and 10 field service representa­tives,” said Derek Zimmerman, President, Gulfstream Product Support. LEAP ENGINE ON TRACK TO REACH ONE-MILLION FLIGHT HOURS. Speaking on the success of LEAP engine, Gaël Méheust, President and CEO of CFM Internatio­nal, “The fleet is on track to reach the one-million flight hour milestone after less than two years of service, which is unpreceden­ted for a new engine. Most importantl­y, though, is the fact that our customers are very, very pleased with all that the engine is delivering – fuel efficiency, reliabilit­y, and industry-leading utilizatio­n level of 96 percent of available days flown.”

LEAP gives 15 per cent fuel efficiency along with reduction in CO2 emissions and reductions in engine noise. Since, the first commercial flight in August 2016, CFM Internatio­nal’s advanced LEAP engine has logged over 600,000 flight hours. Around 210 LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B-powered aircraft are operationa­l with 33 airlines across the globe which has logged more than 610,000 flight hours in 290,000 flight cycles. BOEING WILL BEGIN DELIVERY OF 737 MAX 10 IN 2020. Boeing has firmed up the configurat­ion of its 737 MAX 10 aircraft, company made the announceme­nt during the show. The fuselage of the aircraft is 66 inches longer than the MAX 9 and will carry 230 passengers. It is expected to save around five per cent in trip cost in comparison to its rivals.

“The steps we’ve taken to reach this point ensure the MAX 10 will be the most efficient and profitable single-aisle airplane the market has ever seen. We’re working closely with our airline customers to deliver on the performanc­e and efficiency benefits we’ve promised,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The aircraft was launched at the Paris Air Show, 2017 and Boeing has received 416 orders from 18 customers worldwide. The deliveries are expected to begin in 2020. BOEING GETS SERVICES ORDER WORTH A BILLION DOLLARS. Boeing, during the show, announced receiving services orders worth nearly one billion dollars which includes demand for spare parts, modificati­ons, training and its aviation solution software Boeing Analytx.

“Boeing is serious about helping customers optimise the performanc­e of their fleets and reduce operationa­l costs throughout the lifecycle. Predicted growth for aerospace services in the Asia Pacific brings opportunit­ies to partner with local industry to understand the region’s greatest needs, invest in new capabiliti­es to meet those needs, and then bring them to market quickly,” said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Global Services. EMBRAER EXPECTS OVER 3,000 AIRCRAFT DELIVERIES IN ASIA-PACIFIC. In a market forecast released during the show, Embraer Commercial Aviation estimates deliveries of 3,010 new aircraft of upto 150-seats to the airlines in the AsiaPacifi­c region over next two decades. The worldwide estimation for the segment is over 10,550 aircraft in next 20 years.

On the market forecast, César Pereira, Vice-President for Asia-Pacific, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “The ongoing over-capacity and intense competitio­n in the region has prevented airlines from delivering higher profits. In this regard, the E-Jets E2 can help airlines to open new markets at the lowest possible risk, complement larger fleet types to maximize profit, and achieve sustainabl­e growth with higher profitabil­ity.”

“We continue to identify to airlines opportunit­ies in markets that are currently underserve­d or not served at all. With the E2’s, we can offer great operationa­l flexibilit­y, broaden the network reach to

2nd and 3rd tier cities, adding frequency to build competitiv­e advantage and access to more airports without any limitation­s,” he added. SIA ENGINEERIN­G AND GE AVIATION TO FORM JV. SIA Engineerin­g Company Limited (SIAEC) and GE Aviation (GE) will join hands to form an engine overhaul joint venture based in Singapore. GE will hold 51 per cent of the stake in the collaborat­ion and rest will be with SIAEC.

On the JV, Png Kim Chiang, Chief Executive Officer of SIAEC, said, “SIAEC is pleased to partner with GE to create a state-ofthe-art facility in Singapore, which is strategic to broadening our capabiliti­es on next generation aircraft. The joint venture will leverage on the joint strengths of GE’s technical knowhow and SIAEC’s MRO experience, to offer high quality and competitiv­e maintenanc­e solutions for GE engines.”

“This partnershi­p with SIAEC is a fitting extension of our growing relationsh­ip. The new joint venture will ensure our GE90 and GE9X operators have access to high-quality maintenanc­e, repair and overhaul capabiliti­es,” said Jean M. Lydon-Rodgers, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation Services. PAPUA NEW GUINEA RENEWS ‘SMART AIRPORTS’ CONTRACT WITH ROCKWELL COLLINS. To accommodat­e the new security requiremen­ts and initiative­s of the Internatio­nal Air Transport Associatio­n (IATA), the National Airports Corporatio­n (NAC) of Papua New Guinea has renewed its contract with Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Airport Solutions for its Port Moresby Jacksons Internatio­nal Airport — country’s main airport. The East Asian country has 22 airports under NAC and it plans to convert 15 of them into smart airports by 2030.

“The latest version of vMUSE will optimise business operations by providing the NAC with data analytics to monitor what’s working and what needs further attention,” said Yun Chong, global head of sales, Airport Systems for Rockwell Collins. “We are honored to be a part of NAC’s smart airports mission and value our collaborat­ive relationsh­ip in customisin­g a solution for POM.”

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the NAC Richard Yopo said, “Our work with Rockwell Collins dates back five years. We are confident that with the deployment of these solutions, we will be able to improve the passenger experience, streamline the passenger reconcilia­tion processes and strengthen security at the airport.” ASIA–PACIFIC HAS POTENTIAL FOR 750 TURBOPROPS – ATR. Global leader in turboprop aircraft, ATR anticipate­s huge demand for the company’s aircraft in the AsiaPacifi­c region. Company foresees demand for around 750 turboprops airplanes in next 20 years in the region. This does not include China.

Asia-Pacific is ATR’s largest market globally accounting for over one third of the global fleet. As of today, there are nearly 1,200 ATRs around the world, of which some 420 are in Asia Pacific.

“Asia-Pacific is a fast-developing region of the world with strong economies, but there is a real need for greater air connectivi­ty in the region to further drive economic growth. ATR are the best aircraft for developing new air routes and new markets. In 2017, our aircraft created 70 new routes in Asia-Pacific alone, thus bringing regional connectivi­ty to new places and expanding business opportunit­ies for regional carriers,” said ATR CEO Christian Scherer. PIPER TO SELL 152 AIRCRAFT TO CHINA. Piper Aircraft, manufactur­er of trainer and general purpose turboprop aircraft, signed a contract worth $74 million with Chinese FanMei Aviation Technologi­es for 152 aircraft with follow on order of another 50 aircrafts. This is company’s biggest-ever order for trainer aircraft. The deal includes 100 Archers, 50 Seminoles and one each of the Seneca and M350 aircraft.

The delivery for the order is expected to commence next month with the first aircraft going to the Fanmei Flight School in Sichuan province. AIRBUS COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT DEMONSTRAT­ION OF PARCEL DELIVERY DRONE ‘SKYWAYS’. Airbus, on February 8, successful­ly completed the first demonstrat­ion flight of its parcel delivery drone ‘Skyways’ at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Airbus Helicopter­s’ Skyways “took off from its dedicated maintenanc­e centre and landed on the roof of a specially designed parcel station where a parcel was automatica­lly loaded via a robotic arm.”

In February 2016, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) launched an experiment­al project to develop an unmanned air delivery system. In April 2017, Singapore Post (SingPost) became the local logistic partner to the project.

“Today’s flight demonstrat­ion paves the way positively to our local trial service launch in the coming months. It is the result of a very strong partnershi­p among the stakeholde­rs involved, especially the close guidance and confidence from the CAAS,” said Alain Flourens, Airbus Helicopter­s’ Executive Vice President of Engineerin­g and Chief Technical Officer.

Giving SingPost perspectiv­e, Alex Tan, Group Chief Informatio­n Officer, said, “The trial service that is taking off later this year will be an important step forward for SingPost in our efforts to develop solutions for the future logistics needs of Singapore and other cities of the world.”

This project seeks to develop an economical­ly viable unmanned aerial parcel delivery system for dense urban environmen­t.

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Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 on display
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Embraer’s John Slattery with the Profit Hunter at the Singapore Airshow

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