What to look for at the Singapore Airshow 2022
The Singapore Airshow will take place from February 15-18, 2022. This major event on the aerospace and defense calendar brings together delegates and companies from across the civil, defense and space sectors of the industry, providing them a chance to show off their new products and gain orders.
However, the event, which is held every two years and made its debut in 2008, will be smaller than usual in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there will sadly be no public days.
In 2022, organizers are expecting more than 13,000 trade attendees and almost 600 participating companies from more than 39 countries/regions. By comparison, the last edition in 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world, saw 30,000 trade attendees from 110 countries.
There is expected to be a focus on aviation recovery and sustainability in 2022, with top executives expected to discuss the challenges at the show’s Sustainable Aviation Forum and the Aviation CEO Forum.
What else can we expect to see over the next few days? AeroTime takes a look.
The best and most exciting part of any major airshow is arguably the flying displays. Organizers are promising flying displays and flypasts from four air forces and two commercial companies in 2022.
In a first for the Singapore Airshow, the Indian Air Force will be demonstrating its HAL Tejas fighter. The fighter also performed at the Dubai Airshow in 2021 and the appearance at Singapore continues India’s efforts to showcase the light combat aircraft as it seeks export orders.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force will demonstrate the F-16C fighter and AH-64D Apache attack helicopters. Indonesia’s Jupiter Aerobatic team will bring six aircraft to wow audiences.
Also flying at the airshow will be the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and the B-52 Stratofortress from the United States Marine Corp and the United States Air Force.
On the commercial side, Airbus and Boeing will be showing what their popular widebody aircraft can do, with the A350-100 and the B777-9 due to perform flypasts.
The flying displays will be livestreamed in 2022, and shown via the Singapore Airshow’s official Facebook page, so members of the public can follow the action from their homes.
Alongside the A350-100 in the flying display, Airbus will have four aircraft on display.
The European manufacturer announced visitors will be able to see a Singapore Airlines A350-900, a Cebu Pacific A330neo and a Korean Air A220, as well as a German Air Force A400M.
In addition, the Republic of Singapore’s static display will include an A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) and a new H225M multirole helicopter, making its first appearance at an airshow
Boeing’s exhibit at the Singapore Airshow will include the F-15 fighter, the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and the T-7A Red Hawk Advanced Pilot Training System. The manufacturer will also showcase the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, the unmanned aerial vehicle being designed and developed in Australia.
In addition, the United States Department of Defense corral is expected to display the KC-46A Pegasus, the P-8A Poseidon, and the C-17 Globemaster III, Boeing added.
Embraer meanwhile is bringing its E2 Profit Hunter aircraft to Singapore. The Brazilian manufacturer opts for bold liveries for the jet and 2022 is no exception, with the plane being presented in a ‘Tech Shark’ livery.
The #E2ProfitHunter has landed and #Embraer is now ready to attend the @SGAirshow, where aviation's finest meet, along with @EveAirMobility. Save the date: February 15-18. And, if possible, come say hello at Changi Exhibition Centre, Chalet CD39! #SGAirshow2022 #SingaporeAirshow pic.twitter.com/3UMCZMQEJc— Embraer (@embraer) February 13, 2022
Airshows are always a chance for the manufacturers to sign deals with airlines and lessors for new aircraft. With travel demand picking up after the pandemic, we should see some action on this front in Singapore.
There have already been a couple of order announcements before the show has even kicked off, with Airbus announcing a firmed-up order from Jazeera Airways for A320 family aircraft and an order from Aviation Capital Group for A220 aircraft.
With the boom in cargo demand and both Airbus and Boeing launching freighter variants of popular widebody aircraft in recent months, surely some more freight orders will be on the cards too.
Let us know what you are looking forward to seeing at the Singapore Airshow. Will you be attending or following the flying displays from home?
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