The upcoming Singapore Airshow will be held on February 6-11, 2018, at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC). As Asia’s largest aerospace and defense event, it is ambitious to bring together the global aerospace community and key commercial, government and military delegations. Staying at the forefront of technology and industry demands is the main goal of the bi-annual event, the organizers say.

Unique platform for global aviation industry

The Singapore Airshow presents itself as a global marketplace and networking powerhouse for the world’s aviation community. The event aims to provide a platform for industry leadership to contribute to dialogues, exchange ideas and seek solutions and strategies to advance the interests of the global aerospace and defense sector.

The show will be packed with high-level conferences, forums and co-located events. According to event organizers, the event offerings, as the main focus of the Singapore Airshow 2018, are calibrated to reflect key industry trends and to create a dynamic environment for each participant.

“We are committed to developing carefully curated program elements and delivering a 2018 edition that will continue to contribute to growing industry capabilities,” states Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events, the company that organizes and manages the show.

There will be over 1,000 exhibitors from 48 countries and various regions, with over 250 official delegations from 90 countries at the event. Some 50,000 visitors are expected over the four trade days, on February 6- 9. The show will also be open to the public on February 10-11.

Asia’s biggest for Aviation’s finest

The Airshow has successfully opened doors to key markets in the Asia Pacific region for local and global companies alike. At the event, these companies will showcase a wide range of their latest products, services and innovations.

All of the top 65 global aerospace companies (as identified by Price Waterhouse) will be attending the show. Among the aerospace giants will be Airbus, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, ST Engineering, Thales and UTC Aerospace Systems.

This is the selling point that should make the Singapore Airshow 2018 relevant, given that there are now many competing aerospace and defense events being organized in the region.

The Airshow will also present new and notable exhibitors such as Aviation Learn, Boom Surpersonic, Honda Aircraft Company, LOGIC, Marposs, IHSE Asia, WEARE Group, Wright Brothers Science and Technologies Development.

Conferences and Forums

Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS)

The Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS), which will take place on February 4-5, will be focused on “Reimagining Aviation’s Future”. The Summit will seek to discuss the issues facing commercial aviation and address both the challenges and opportunities arising from the continued demand for air travel that is powering robust growth. It will also provide a platform for civil aviation authorities, governments and airlines to discuss a sustainable approach to future growth in air travel demand. The president of ICAO, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, and the director general of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, are both speaking at this invitation-only event.

Business Forums

The Singapore Airshow business forums will bring together key international aerospace buyers, government agencies and industry leaders to present on the latest developments in Asia as well as on the emerging technologies. The forums will shine the spotlight on key challenges facing the global aviation industry, focusing on key trends like aviation cybersecurity, digital transformation and the impact of autonomous vehicles.

The Asia Business Forum, held in partnership with ICF International, will examine the opportunities and challenges for MRO providers in Asia Pacific. Participants will have the opportunity to network with MRO experts as they share insights about the current burgeoning growth in the region. Key international aerospace buyers, government agencies and industry leaders will discuss the opportunities, challenges, solutions and strategies in meeting the strong demands in the MRO industry.

The Aviation Cyber security Business Forum, which is co-organized by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), will focus on how the global aviation ecosystem should mitigate the growing complexity and sophistication of cyber-attacks, and the risks resulting from the increasing integration between airline, airport and aviation authority IT infrastructure. Prominent cyber security researchers and private sector experts will also share their experiences and insights on the emerging aviation cyber security risks.

Emerging Technologies and Innovation Business Forum, held in partnership with the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore), and co-organized by GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association to mark 2018, which has been declared France-Singapore Year of Innovation. This well-received forum will focus on Industry 4.0 with digitalization driving greater efficiency in the areas of data management and security, robotics, industrial internet of things and artificial intelligence, and its applicability in the various sectors of MRO/Manufacturing.

The Autonomous Revolution: The Race is On Business Forum is co-organized with leading global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. This forum will highlight the progressive switchover of different transportation modes that will result in more change in the industry in the next 10 years than in the past 60. It is said that autonomy will blur traditional frontiers across vehicles, create new usages in mobility, defense and security, and supply chains. It will disrupt traditional value chains, generate new business models and put industry leaders at risk, as specialized start-ups and digital giants compete for market share in this fast-evolving space.

Trade Programs

In 2016, the VIP Delegation Program facilitated over 1,350 pre-scheduled meetings between hosted delegations and exhibitors. Some of VIP Delegations include key government and defense officials as well as senior commercial executives worldwide.

The Hosted Buyers Program was created specifically to facilitate procurement matching at the show. This program is a platform for top quality buyers from the procurement and supply chain managements divisions within the commercial aviation sector to meet with exhibitors on a one-on-one basis.

Co-located events

A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum

The Forum, which will take place on February 5, held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow 2018, will bring together leaders and speakers from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of commercial aircraft, engines and components, as well as aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies, and will mainly consider the directions of research and development (R&D) in the aerospace industry.

Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC)

One of the major off-site events is the Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC), to take place on February 7. It is the premier aviation conference that is held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow and Republic of Singapore Air Force 50. SATEC will be a platform for researchers, aviation operators and practicing aviation engineers to present and discuss key developments and advancements in aerospace technology.

Start-up Showcase

What’s Next @ Singapore Airshow

The Airshow is set to involve one of the most dynamic segments in the aviation industry – start-ups. Their showcasing is a new initiative that is meant to support aspiring new companies. The event will house approximately 70 innovative start-up companies from 10 countries. They range from data mining specialists to inventors of novel hardware. The start-ups will be able to exhibit their latest innovations and engage with venture capitalists, as well as traditional aerospace industry OEMs that are on the lookout for new technology partnerships.

Displays and Demonstrations

Aerial display

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2018. The President of Singapore will officially launch the year-long campaign at the Singapore Airshow on February 7, and at the same time unveil a Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle with special livery. The RSAF will be flying a novel display of one F-15SG and two Lockheed Martin F-16Cs.

Another highlight of the flying display will be the Korean air force “Black Eagles” aerobatic team with its eight KAI T-50 jet trainers. The same company’s KT-1 turboprop-trainers will be flown in formation by the Indonesian air force “Jupiter” display team. There will also be solo displays by a Thai air force Saab Gripen, a Malaysian air force Sukhoi Su-30, and a US air force Lockheed Martin F-16C.

Static aircraft display

As at previous shows, the RSAF will mount a large static display for visitors to view. Shown at the event will be everything from the impressive array of advanced avionics in fighter cockpits, cabins of luxury jets, to holds of transport giants.

The wow factor

The most anticipated appearance at the Singapore Airshow 2018 will be the arrival of two F-35B Lightning II fighter jets on February 3, at Changi Airport, Channel News Asia reports. This is the first time the jets are being seen in Southeast Asia.

The F-35s will be there courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), who first entered the Asia Pacific region with its F-35B 12 months ago, when the next generation fighter arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan. In July, 2017, two F-35Bs flew from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. The aircraft will now make its Singapore Airshow debut before heading to Thailand in mid-February to participate in exercise Cobra Gold.

The jet, produced by Lockheed Martin, is able to take off from a short runway and land vertically without a runway. The F-35B is the STOVL variant of the jet; currently, while some countries in Asia Pacific operate the F-35A, none have the STOVL variant. It is believed that there is interest in them by several military and defense forces in the region.