New arrangements for public day well-received by visitors

 Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Black Knights

Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Black Knights

SINGAPORE, 16 FEBRUARY 2014 – Singapore Airshow 2014 attracted close to 100,000 visitors over the public day weekend on 15 and 16 February. In addition to the 80,000 public day tickets that were completely sold out, the Airshow also welcomed guests for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s 45th anniversary celebrations at Singapore Airshow, exhibiting personnel, student groups and concession ticket holders over the two days.

Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Black Eagles

Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Black Eagles

Visitors to the Airshow were treated to an impressive line-up of public day activities, including the highly-anticipated flying display, featuring the largest number of aerobatic teams in the history of Singapore Airshow. The line-up included awe-inspiring team aerobatics performances by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Black Knights, the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Black Eagles and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) The Jupiters.  There were also solo aerobatic performances by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The RSAF pavilion, part of the RSAF’s efforts to celebrate its 45th anniversary with the public at Singapore Airshow 2014, was also a major highlight of the public days.

The new public day arrangements introduced this year by show organisers, where visitors go through security clearance at Singapore Expo before boarding the shuttle bus to Changi Exhibition Centre, were well-received. In particular, the objective of getting visitors into the show swiftly and safely during the peak period in the morning before the flying display was achieved.

Over the six-day show from 11-16 February, Singapore Airshow 2014 welcomed some 146,000 visitors in total. Visitorship over the four trade days from 11-14 February stood at almost 46,000 visitors from 129 countries/regions, with 31% coming from overseas. Singapore Airshow 2014 also played host to 279 delegations from 72 countries.

“We are delighted with the achievements of Singapore Airshow 2014. We received good feedback from our public day visitors who enjoyed the impressive line-up of activities, especially the stunning aerial display performances, and found it convenient to access and leave the show.   We will look into how we can improve on this further for the next show in 2016. We would like to thank all our partners and agencies for their support in making this another successful Airshow,” said Jimmy Lau, Managing Director of Experia Events, organiser of Singapore Airshow.

Singapore Airshow returns from 16 to 21 February 2016 at Changi Exhibition Centre.


About Singapore Airshow

Singapore Airshow, organised and managed by Experia Events, is Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world and serves as a global marketplace and networking powerhouse for the world’s aviation community. Singapore Airshow also features a series of strategic conferences dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry – Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS), Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC) andA*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum.

With its biggest edition to date, the show reaffirms its position as the platform of choice to do business in the Asia-Pacific and beyond

Changi Exhibition Centre

Changi Exhibition Centre

SINGAPORE, 14 FEBRUARY 2014 – Singapore Airshow 2014 wrapped up the trade segment of the six-day event with deals announced worth US$32 billion, surpassing the value of deals announced in 2012. Major announcements include contracts for Airbus, Embraer, Boeing and Rolls-Royce. This reinforces Singapore Airshow’s standing as one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world.

Singapore Airshow 2014 played host to over 1,000 exhibitors from 47 countries and 279 delegations from 72 countries. In all, over 40,000 trade visitors from 125 countries visited the show during the first three trade days, compared to some 38,000 in 2012. Of these, 33% were from overseas. 72% of exhibitors from this year’s Airshow have already reaffirmed their plans to exhibit at the next Airshow in 2016, underscoring the relevance of Singapore Airshow as an essential platform to network and seize opportunities in key markets in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

The U.S. was the feature country at Singapore Airshow 2014, marking its largest presence at the show with 163 U.S. companies, including 111 in the U.S. Pavilion. U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar, said: “The U.S. was delighted to be Feature Country, the first-ever such designation, at the Singapore Airshow. We would like to thank the Government of Singapore, Experia Events, Kallman Worldwide and all of those involved in the Feature Country effort. The largest number of U.S. companies exhibited this year, 163, and they are reporting a very successful Airshow.  A large delegation of high level U.S. officials had numerous productive bilateral meetings with our counterparts throughout the region. Last but not least, U.S. military and commercial aircraft provided for the show, including the V-22 Osprey, C-17,  P-8, Boeing 787, Gulfstream 650 and many others received enormous interest from Airshow visitors.”

Tom Kallman, president and CEO of Kallman Worldwide, the U.S. representative of the Singapore Airshow coordinating the U.S. participation and organising the U.S. Pavilion, said, “This has been the greatest Singapore Airshow for Kallman Worldwide and our pavilion. The visitors here are serious about seeking American technology, quality—and potential partners. These are the customers that change business for our exhibitors—and the reason so many American businesses of all sizes come to this show.

Airbus A350

Sean Lee, Airbus spokesman in Asia said: “We were very pleased with this year’s show. In addition to presenting the A350 XWB for the first time, we announced orders valued at almost US$ 15 billion, as well as the establishment of a new joint venture training centre with Singapore Airlines. We were also pleased with the quality of visitors to the show, which included senior airline management representatives from across the region. This year’s event has demonstrated once again that Singapore remains the premier air show in this region, attracting an international visitor profile.”

This year’s show featured increased participation from Japan, with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) featuring various aerospace companies. Mr Masaya Hasebe, Managing Director of JETRO Singapore, said: “Based on the feedback from our exhibitors, there have been many enquiries from potential partners, so we expect our exhibitors have been successful at Singapore Airshow. The show attracts a large number of high-quality visitors and presents a great deal of business opportunities for Japanese SMEs.”

Jimmy Lau, Managing Director Experia Events

Jimmy Lau, Managing Director Experia Events

“We are delighted that the US$32 billion of deals announced at Singapore Airshow 2014 represents an increase in the value of deals from 2012.  We have also recorded strong visitor figures from an even larger number of countries, underscoring Singapore Airshow’s standing as the preferred platform for high-level government delegations and industry leaders to come together, network, address challenges facing the aerospace industry and do business, all in one convenient location,” said Mr Jimmy Lau, Managing Director of Experia Events.

Singapore Airshow 2016 will be held from 16 to 21 February at Changi Exhibition Centre.

Thales Booth Location F23 is one of the most popular booth at the 2014 Singapore Airshow

Feb 12 2014, Changi – Thales Chairman & CEO Jean-Bernard Levy attended the New Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre inauguration ceremony today, where Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, and Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), inaugurated the New Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre (SATCC). LORADS III is a key system of the new SATCC.

The system was handed over to CAAS in May 2013 and has now assumed full control of Singapore’s airspace following a successful deployment programme.

LORADS III marks a generational shift in ATM technology. Building on previous successes in the region, including nationwide deployment in Taiwan and ongoing enhancements and upgrades to The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS), it will play a critical role in enabling CAAS to manage significant future air traffic growth in a safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly way.

The system is ideally suited for Singapore and the region, as not only is Changi Airport the busiest hub in South East Asia, but Singapore is also at a strategic geographic junction, making its airspace one of the busiest in the world for long range air traffic en-route to hundreds of destinations. The country therefore requires a sophisticated system that effectively manages the balance between air traffic on approach to

Changi and traffic to other destinations.

LORADS III is based on the Thales TopSky-ATC system, in service in over 130 of the busiest air traffic control centres in the world, making it the most successful air traffic management system for busy airspaces.

Featuring significant levels of automation and sophistication, the technology and operational concepts of the TopSky-ATC system enable LORADS III to achieve the minimum permitted aircraft separation standards, resulting in quicker landings while enabling outbound traffic to continue on safely without delay, reducing both flight time and emissions. Combined with unprecedented system redundancy for continuous smooth operation, LORADS III provides CAAS with vital business continuity in all situations as well as other additional features developed specifically with Singapore’s needs in mind. The system is designed to meet the exponential increase in the number of flights expected over the coming years.


LORADS III integrates state of the art multi-sensor tracking technology,

capable of fusing data from radars, ADS-B, Wide Area Multilateration

(WAM) and ground sensors with multi-hypothesis filtering, to give

controllers a holistic and highly accurate picture of the current operating

environment. The system also provides an ADS-C surveillance capability

for remote and oceanic areas.

The centrepiece of the system is Thales’s award-winning Java Human

Machine Interface (JHMI) Engine – an advanced display designed in

collaboration with air traffic controllers. The high performance

configurable software reduces controllers’ workload through new ways

of viewing, organising and interacting with flight information. Another

key feature is Thales’s next generation Flight Data Processing, which

manages gate to gate flight trajectories in 4D, based on aircraft


About Thales ATM

The world’s largest footprint

240 TopSky ATM solutions, 7,000 Navaids, 600 radars, 1,600 ADS-

B/MLAT stations, and over 16,000 controllers utilising Thales solutions.

Two out of three aircraft take off, reach their destination and land safely,

thanks to Thales.

The world’s broadest product offering

Thales leads the way in all modes of surveillance, and is able to provide

all technologies in the ATM market. In 2013 Thales reinforced its standing

by acquiring the ITS business from Egis Avia, thus allowing the group to

broaden its capability in the airport infrastructure market and in tools

that maximise data flow for airport operators, civil aviation authorities

and carriers.

Leader in all 3 major initiatives for the restructuring of global ATM

As the Number 1 industrial partner to SESAR, involved in NextGen and

ICAO Block Upgrades Thales fully integrates all these evolutions in its

product roadmap.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation,

Defence and Security markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues

of €14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000

engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design,

develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most

complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international

footprint, with operations around the world working together with

customers and local partners.


Posted by: travelasiapress | February 12, 2014

Airbus and SIA to establish flight training centre in Singapore

Airbus and SIA to establish flight training centre in  Singapore

Airbus and SIA to establish flight training centre in Singapore.                   Photo courtesy of Tony Chen

Feb 12th 2014, Changi – Airbus and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a Memorandum of Undertsanding to establish a flight training joint venture in Singapore.

Announced today at the Singapore Airshow, the facility will be called Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) and will be 55%-owned by Airbus and 45%-owned by Singapore Airlines.

Posted by: travelasiapress | February 10, 2014

Singapore Airshow gears up for its biggest edition yet

Record number of flying display participants in the history of airshows in Singapore

SINGAPORE, 9 February 2014 – Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, is gearing up for its fourth edition, which promises to be its biggest yet. With the largest number of exhibiting companies, including more than 60 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies, and an impressive static and aerial display line-up, the show is set to reinforce its position as a must-attend event in the global aerospace and defence calendar. Singapore Airshow 2014 takes place from 11 to 16 February at Changi Exhibition Centre.

Singapore Airshow 2014 will see the largest number of exhibitors in the show’s history, with over 1,000 participating companies from 47 countries/regions. Over 70% are returning exhibitors, bearing testimony to the value the show brings to them. The event will also feature 22 country/group pavilions, including new pavilions such as Hong Kong and Malaysia. The Hong Kong pavilion will feature new exhibitors such as China Aircraft Services Limited (CASL), the Hong Kong Aviation Industry Association (HKAIA) and Topcast. Malaysia will be showcasing its home-grown exhibitors under a pavilion by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

Singapore Airshow 2014 will also see increased participation from Japan. Besides the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Chubu region will also organise pavilions featuring aerospace companies from their regions.

New exhibitors at the event include Alpha Star Aviation Services from Saudi Arabia, Aero AT (Jiang Su) Aviation Technology from China, ExecuJet Aviation Group from Switzerland, and Jetcraft from the UK who will be showcasing their latest products and services to visitors.

Singapore Airshow 2014 also features the largest ever number of aircraft on display.

A key highlight will be the Airbus A350XWB, which marks its first full display at an international airshow. The A350XWB will perform its first ever airshow flying display on 11 and 12 February. Its participation at Singapore Airshow will enable visitors to get a close-up look at the aircraft both on the ground and in the air, with a flying display that will demonstrate its manoeuvrability, sleek design and exceptionally low noise levels.

Visitors to Singapore Airshow 2014 can also look forward to a world class flying display, with a record number of flying display participants in the history of airshows in Singapore. They will perform in a stunning 60-minute display on trade days from 11 to 14 February, with an additional 30 minutes of flying display on the public days on 15 and 16 February. The flying display includes performances by three aerobatic teams from Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia, the largest number of aerobatic teams ever at Singapore Airshow. The participation of Singapore’s very own RSAF Black Knights, flying six F-16C Fighting Falcons in Singapore’s traditional white and red colours, is also part of the RSAF’s 45th anniversary celebrations at Singapore Airshow.  In addition, there will be solo aerobatics performances by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Yak-130.

Mr Jimmy Lau, Managing Director of Experia Events, organiser of Singapore Airshow, said: “Singapore Airshow 2014 is set to be our biggest yet and promises exhibitors, delegates and visitors an excellent experience. As with our previous editions, we have sold out all our exhibition space. This year, we have seen an increased number of exhibitors such as Pilatus, UAC, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier taking up outdoor spaces and customising them to their needs. Exhibitors such as SAAB, Rolls-Royce and United Technologies Corporation are building double-storey exhibition booths indoors to maximise their floor space.”

He added: “We are confident that with the strong aviation traffic growth in the region and the continued support of our exhibitors, sponsors, partners and participants, Singapore Airshow 2014 will maintain its standing as the premier platform for companies to grow their business in Asia.”

Distinguished speakers hail from commercial aviation, defence and aerospace technology sectors

SINGAPORE, 28 January 2014 – The Singapore Airshow 2014 strategic conferences, business forums and co-located events, will bring together high-level speakers spanning the commercial aviation, defence and aerospace technology sectors. The strategic conferences are dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry and comprise the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) and the Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC), while the co-located events include the A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum and the Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC). The events will take place from 9 to 10 February.

Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS)

As we mark the second century of commercial aviation, the fourth edition of SAALS, themed “Shaping the Next Century of Commercial Aviation”, will bring together government leaders, airline chiefs, aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, air navigation service providers and regulators to discuss the future of the industry. SAALS will be held on 9 and 10 February 2014 at Raffles City Convention Centre. Jointly organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Experia Events, organisers of the Singapore Airshow, the conference will feature key speakers, including:

· Mr Goh Chok Tong, Emeritus Senior Minister, Singapore

· Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, Singapore

· Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), who will be making his first visit to Singapore following his election

· Mr Tony Tyler, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

· Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

The conference will also feature a panel of speakers including:

· Mr Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission

· Mr Stanley Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong International Airport

· Mr Michael Huerta, Administrator of the US Federal Aviation Administration

· Mr Giorgio Callegari, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Strategy and Alliances, Aeroflot

· Mr Michael Kamau, Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Kenya

· Dr Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board, Fraport AG

· Dr Temel Kotil, President & Chief Executive Officer, Turkish Airlines

· Mr Paul Riemens, Chairman of Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)

· Mr David Scowsill, Chief Executive Officer, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

· Mr Simon Hickey, Chief Executive Officer of Qantas International & Freight

· Mr Matthew Baldwin, Director of Aviation and International Transport Affairs; Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), European Commission

· Ms Annie Petsonk, International Counsel of Climate & Air at the Environmental Defense Fund

· Mr Carl Burleson, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment (Acting) of the US Federal Aviation Administration

Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC)

The seventh edition of APSEC, themed “Asian Security Dynamics and the Role of Airpower”, will bring together defence experts, military officials, academics, analysts and industry leaders on 10 February 2014 at Raffles City Convention Centre, to participate in discussions shaping peace and security worldwide. Jointly organised by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Experia Events, APSEC will feature prominent speakers such as:

· Mr Andrew Shapiro, Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies LLC; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs

· Dr Ruan Zongze, Vice President, China Institute of International Studies

· Mr Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis, Teal Group Corporation

· Mr Jeong Lee, Freelance military writer

· Dr Mark Lorell, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

· Mr Richard A. Bitzinger, Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Military Transformations Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore

Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence, will deliver the keynote address.

A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will be hosting the third A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum on 10 February 2014 at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore. Themed “New Technologies which could change Aviation and Managing New Technologies Implementation”, the forum will gather speakers from the A*STAR Aerospace Consortium, whose members are amongst leading companies in aviation, to discuss technologies that will lead to the next leap in aviation as well as how to manage the potential risks. Distinguished Guest Speakers at the Forum are:

· Mr Detlef Selhausen, National Armament Director, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

· Ms Jenny Body, President, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes), United Kingdom

The Forum will feature the following key speakers in the plenary sessions:

· Dr Ken Anderson, Chief of Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia

· ME6 Reuben Lim, Head Aerosystems Branch, Air Engineering and Logistics Department, Republic of Singapore Air Force

· Mr Michael K. Sinnett, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

· Mr Mike Bausor, A350 XWB Marketing Director, Airbus

Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC)

The Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers and the Logistics Department (AELD) of the Republic of Singapore Air Force will also be organising the SATEC on 10 February 2014 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Currently in its sixth edition, the biennial conference will bring together aerospace and military speakers from around the world to meet and discuss the latest research findings and advancements in aerospace technology and engineering. Participants’ profiles include policy makers, designers, builders and maintainers of aircraft and space vehicles, from both the military and commercial sectors. Key speakers include:

· Mr Lim Yeow Khee, President of the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers

· ME7 Francis Cheong, Head of Air Engineering and Logistics

· Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Defence

· Mr Detlef Selhausen, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

· Ms Jenny Body, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society

· Dr Ken Anderson, Chief of Air Vehicles Division, DSTO

· ME6 Lim Chi Keong, HAeB of Republic of Singapore Air Force

Business Forums

Presented by key aerospace buyers, government agencies and industry leaders, the Business Forums, held on 12 and 13 February at Changi Exhibition Centre, will provide trade visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to understand procurement trends and to tap on business opportunities in key aerospace growth markets, namely China, the United States and the rest of Asia.

The China Business Forum, which will be held on 12 February, will focus on the outlook of China’s aviation market in the year 2020. Chaired by Dr Ng Pock Too, Chairman and CEO of New Board Technology, the China Business Forum will also feature prominent speakers, including:

· Mr Yu Wen Yong, Assistant President of HNA Aviation Holding Company

· Mr Tian Min, CFO of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Director of China Accounting Association

· Mr Yang Guo Qing, Vice President of the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Key topics that will be discussed include: “A Big Picture of HNA”, “Customer Oriented Win-Win Cooperation”, as well as “Outlook of China Aviation Market in Year 2020”.

The U.S. Business Forum, which will be held on 12 February, will highlight best practices and trends in aviation security and aerospace supply chain management. The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore will chair the Forum and speakers include:

· Mr Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

· Mr Kenneth Hyatt, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Key topics that will be discussed include: “Aviation Security” and “Aerospace Supply Chain Management”.

The Asia Business Forum, which will be held on 13 February, will bring together various representatives from the MRO industry to discuss the outlook and opportunities in Asia’s MRO market. Chaired by Mr David Stewart, Vice President of ICF SH&E, the Asia Business Forum will feature prominent speakers, including:

· Mr Ravi S. Menon, Executive Director at Air Works India

· Mr Ahmad Fuzli Fuad, CEO of AIROD Aerospace Technology

· Mr Chow Kok Wah, SVP (Line Maintenance and Information Technology) of SIAEC

· Mr Richard Budihadianto, CEO of GMF AeroAsia

Key topics include: “Opportunities in MRO in India”, “Malaysia MRO: Outlook and Opportunities”, “Working with SIAEC” and “Engineering Training Requirements and Outlook for Indonesia”.

Mr Jimmy Lau, Managing Director of Experia Events, said: “One of the key factors that makes Singapore Airshow a successful and must-attend event is the quality of discussions and insights gained at our strategic conferences and business forums. We are honoured to welcome so many distinguished guests and speakers this year, including many airline chiefs, senior government officials and regulators. The strong turnout is a testament to the importance of the strategic conference programme to Singapore Airshow.”

Inter-agency efforts to encourage and ease the adoption of solutions

25th June 2013, Singapore – Fourteen air cargo and logistics companies adopt new innovative e- freight@Singapore solutions to enhance productivity and accuracy in airfreight documentation processes across the supply chain. These solutions were developed by three consortia – Innosys Pte Ltd, Kewill Pte Ltd and vCargo Cloud Pte Ltd – which were selected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in February last year through an industry call-for-collaboration.

Speaking at the launch event of these e-freight@Singapore solutions today, Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, highlighted that e-freight@Singapore provided a new model for achieving sectoral- level productivity transformation and cost savings that would benefit all stakeholders – shippers, freight forwarders, ground handling agents and airlines.

Government supports industry adoption of solutions

CAAS, as the champion of e-freight@Singapore, together with partner agency IDA, has been advancing the e-freight@Singapore solutions to enhance Singapore’s competitiveness as a leading global air cargo and logistics hub. CAAS and IDA provided funding to the three consortias for the development of their solutions, as well as incentives to support new companies coming on board to adopt these solutions. These companies can expect funding support for the costs incurred for manpower, purchase of hardware/software and e-freight transactions carried out.

A key priority in the implementation of the e-freight@Singapore solutions has been to ensure a smooth transition from paper to electronic documentation for companies. Necessary training and deployment support were provided to companies to ensure seamless transfer of processes to e-freight, with minimal disruption to business operations.

In addition, the three consortia leads have established an interoperability agreement to ensure that electronic messages can be transmitted seamlessly between users regardless of which solutions they are using.

Strong support for e-freight@Singapore from the industry

The Singapore Air Cargo Agents’ Association (SAAA) and the Singapore Logistics Associations (SLA) are industry partners supporting the e- freight@Singapore programme.

Mr Steven Lee, Chairman of SAAA, said, “The Singapore Aircargo Agents Association is fully committed to this initiative and has been a strong supporter of the e-freight@Singapore programme since its inception. This initiative will further enhance the supply chain as data transmitted electronically can be re-used in downstream activities. In order to remain competitive, the air cargo industry must continue to create value and increase efficiency across the supply chain.”

Mr Gerry Tan, Honorary Secretary and Chairman of Air Cargo at SLA, added, “Amidst the current landscape of on an ever-shrinking air cargo traffic volume, it is imperative that service failures such as longer dwell times, erroneous handling and damages be kept at a minimal. Today, air travel can connect any passenger anywhere in the world within 24 hours but strangely the same cannot be said for air cargo. Traditional local enterprises must be prepared to embrace more advanced yet inexpensive IT solutions such as e-freight. It helps improve lead times, enhance shipment visibility and reduce administrative burdens. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of our “passenger e-travel” industry’s book.”


Posted by: travelasiapress | June 24, 2013


24th June 2013, Singapore – In light of the haze situation, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG), together with other airport stakeholder agencies, have taken steps to ensure that aircraft operations at Changi Airport continue to be conducted safely and efficiently even in low visibility conditions. Since 19 June 2013, as a precaution, the separation between aircraft take-offs and landings has been increased. Airfield lights, such as the runway and approach lights, are turned on even in daytime to enhance the visibility of the runways. So far, no significant delays in aircraft departures and arrivals have been experienced.

Changi Airport has the facilities and procedures necessary for the safe landing of aircraft in low visibility conditions in accordance with international standards. It is equipped with instrument landing systems (ILS), which provide position information needed to guide aircraft as they make their approach for landing.

Under normal circumstances, Changi Airport can allow aircraft to land safely when the runway visual range (RVR)1 is more than 550 metres. Should the RVR fall to between 300 and 550 metres, Changi Airport can continue to allow aircraft to land safely with more stringent measures. These include enforcing obstacle protection in areas around the runways to protect the integrity of the ILS signals. Secondary power supply for essential equipment, such as runway lights, will also be put on standby. There will also be greater separation between aircraft landings and take-offs. Some delays and disruptions to aircraft operations, including flight cancellations, could be expected.

In the event that the RVR falls below 300 metres, Changi Airport will not be able to accept aircraft landings for safety reasons. However, it will continue to operate and aircraft can continue to take-off safely, in accordance with each airline’s policy.

CAAS and CAG are closely monitoring the situation and working with the airline and airport community. This includes preparing for lower visibility operations at Changi Airport should this be required. The safety of aircraft operations at Changi Airport remains top priority, and every effort will be made to minimise their disruption.

At 11am today, Seletar Airport was closed to all departing and arriving flights as a result of prolonged poor visibility caused by the haze. The current closure is for twelve hours, up to 11pm, and may be extended subject to visibility conditions.

Today’s visibility, fluctuating between 700m and 1,200m, is below Seletar Airport’s minimum operating requirement of 1,500m. The airport, which operates under visual meteorological conditions, is therefore not able to accept aircraft arrivals and departures as pilots would not have a clear view of the runway.

During this closure, two arrivals were diverted to other airports, and eight departures were cancelled.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Changi Airport Group are closely monitoring the visibility conditions before reopening Seletar Airport for flight operations.

Visitors can also access more Singapore haze information from

bout the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

The mission of CAAS is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore’s success. CAAS’ roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation.

For more information, visit About Changi Airport Group (CAG)

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) ( was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

Changi Airport ( is the world’s most awarded airport with more than 430 accolades received since it opened in 1981. To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are over 330 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets across the airport’s three terminals. Changi handled more than 51 million passenger movements in 2012, an annual record. Today, it serves some 100 airlines flying to over 250 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.

Posted by: travelasiapress | May 7, 2013

Airline partners heralded for contributions to Changi Airport

FedEx Express named Partner of the Year at Changi Airline Awards 2013

SINGAPORE, 7 May 2013 – Changi Airport Group (CAG) honoured its top airline partners this evening at the Changi Airline Awards 2013, where a total of 34 awards were presented to the airline community for contributing to Changi Airport’s development as a vibrant and world-class air hub for the past year. The annual awards event, into its eighth year, was graced by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, at the Regent Hotel.

Awards were presented in five categories, namely:

  • Top airlines by passenger and cargo carriage;
  • Strongest growing carriers for passengers and cargo; and
  • Partner of the Year

This year’s Partner of the Year award was presented to FedEx Express, in recognition of its strong partnership with CAG to grow and strengthen Changi Airport’s air hub status, as well as to enhance Changi’s express cargo handling capability and capacity.

In October 2012, FedEx opened its South Pacific Regional Hub at Changi Airport. The 282,700-square feet hub is the first and only express transportation facility in Singapore and the largest FedEx consolidated cargo facility in Asia Pacific that houses air and ground operations, as well as security clearance under one roof. With this new hub, FedEx is able to sort up to 12,000 packages in an hour, increasing throughput by 100%. This, together with other collaborations with CAG — such as the incorporation of Customs clearance within the facility has enabled FedEx to strengthen its leading position in the express freight business, in turn boosting Changi’s express cargo handling capability.

FedEx – the world’s largest express transportation company with delivery capabilities to more than 220 countries and territories – has enhanced Changi Airport’s airfreight connectivity with its 34 weekly flights in and out of Singapore to nine destinations in Asia and the United States. This is the highest number of dedicated flights for any international express company operating its own aircraft fleet. More importantly, FedEx uses Singapore as the transshipment point for its Asia Pacific shipments in and out of Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asian countries. This contributed strongly to FedEx’s tonnage growth in 2012 despite the challenges faced by the airfreight industry.

Mr Khoo Seng Thiam, Managing Director, FedEx Express Singapore, said, “FedEx is honoured to be recognised as Changi Airport’s Partner of the Year. This award reflects the close collaborative efforts between FedEx and CAG to support Singapore’s aim to be a leading air cargo hub in the region, and underscores FedEx long-term commitment to Singapore.”

Top carriers at Changi

FedEx Express was the second largest cargo carrier at Changi in 2012, up from its third spot a year ago. The other cargo carriers in the top ten spots remained largely unchanged, with Singapore Airlines Cargo continuing to head the list.

For passenger carriers, the list of top 10 airlines at Changi Airport in 2012 saw a new entrant with PT Lion Mentari Airlines coming in at the eighth spot. While the top four spots were maintained by Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways Singapore, SilkAir and Jetstar Asia respectively, AirAsia Berhad climbed two spots to become the fifth largest airline by passenger carriage for the year.

Airlines which registered the strongest growth in passenger traffic by region were also recognised for their contributions. These were Singapore Airlines (Singapore), AirAsia Berhad (Southeast Asia), Cathay Pacific Airways (Northeast Asia), Jet Airways (South Asia), Jetstar Airways (Southwest Pacific), Qatar Airways (Middle East), British Airways (Europe) and Delta Air Lines (Americas). Cathay Pacific, AirAsia and Jet Airways were repeat winners in their respective categories.

Partnerships for a new chapter of growth

Changi Airport saw steady passenger traffic growth in the first quarter of 2013. A total of 13.05 million passengers passed through its gates from January to March 2013, an increase of 6.2% over the same period in 2012. Airfreight movements however had experienced a 2.2% dip for the first three months, with 434,000 tonnes of cargo handled.

Speaking at the event, Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, thanked CAG’s airline partners who have been instrumental in the steady growth of Changi Airport. “The Changi Airline Awards were launched in 2005 when Changi Airport handled only 32 million passenger movements. Eight years on, Changi Airport has grown to become a thriving air hub and an important gateway to the rest of the world, and is one of just seven airports in the world handling more than 50 million international passengers each year. You, our partners, gathered here today have been instrumental to this success. We are extremely grateful to our airline partners who have supported us over the years. Your unyielding support has made Changi what it is today.”

Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, in rallying the aviation community to form tighter collaborations to achieve greater heights, said, “The annual Changi Airline Awards celebrates the strong partnership between Changi Airport and its airline partners, without which Changi’s success as a leading aviation hub would not be possible.”

“I would like to encourage all aviation partners to continue to work closely together in the year ahead, so that we can build on the success of 2012 and continue to make Changi Airport the hub of choice for airlines and air travellers,” he added.

Changi Airport is the world’s seventh busiest airport for international passenger traffic. As at 1 April 2013, Changi serves more than 100 airlines operating over 6,500 weekly scheduled flights to more than 250 cities in some 60 countries and territories.

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