Posted by: travelasiapress | June 13, 2014

Changi Airport revs up the World Cup excitement


SINGAPORE, 13 June 2014 – As football fans around the world gear up in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Changi Airport revels in the football fever with live screening of all World Cup matches from 13 June to 14 July 2014 for its passengers.

Free live screening areas in the departure transit areas have been set up across all three airport terminals. Football fans travelling from or through Changi Airport during the World Cup season need not worry about missing out on the excitement and festivities of this quadrennial affair.

Matches will be screened live on 19 large high-definition TV screens at the viewing areas. For those keen on partaking in virtual games, 10 of the latest Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles will also be made available in between matches to keep passengers thrilled and entertained while waiting for their flights.

“From die-hard football enthusiasts, to passengers travelling with their families, to those with time to spare during their stopover at Changi Airport, there will be something available for everyone. With a slew of on-ground entertainment and activities planned to spice up the atmosphere, we hope to provide our passengers a fun time at Changi Airport this World Cup season,” said Mr Jayson Goh, Senior Vice President for Airport Operations Management at Changi Airport Group.

The screening areas, as large as 100 square metres in size, will be able to accommodate more than 120 viewers in total. On crowded nights where perennial favourites face-off in Brazil, passengers will also be able to catch the matches live in the gatehold rooms while waiting to board their flights.

As one of Asia’s best-connected airports with links to 70 countries worldwide, football fans from all over the globe will be able to root for their favourite teams at Changi Airport this World Cup season.

Posted by: travelasiapress | May 7, 2014

Search for Changi Airport’s Fifth Millionaire begins this May

‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2014 ups the instant prize ante for all shoppers


SINGAPORE, 6 May 2014 – Changi Airport’s anchor retail promotion ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ – which has since made four shoppers millionaires overnight – returns for its fifth instalment today. Between 6 May and 31 October 2014, millionaire hopefuls only need to shop and dine at Changi Airport for a chance at winning the highly-coveted windfall.

‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ features a prize purse of S$1 million, making it the largest cash prize of any retail draw in Singapore. The 2013 promotion saw an overwhelming participation rate of 2.2 million lucky draw entries, more than 2.5 times its inaugural run in 2010. During the upcoming six-month shopping promotion, a lucky finalist will be drawn each month for participation in the grand draw. Come early 2015, all six finalists will gather at Changi Airport for an exciting grand finale to vie for the grand prize of a million dollars. The finalists each win a cash prize of S$5,000 each Five finalists will get S$5,000 while one wins the grand prize of S$1 million
, plus a three-night hotel stay.

On top of the life-changing million-dollar grand prize, shoppers can look forward to attractive instant prizes that include the Apple iPad Air, Mont Blanc pen, GoPro Hero3+ camera, shopping vouchers and travel accessories.

“Growing our retail business is a key part of our continual efforts to strengthen Changi Airport’s status as a leading air hub, as healthy non-aeronautical revenues enable us to keep airport charges competitive for airlines and passengers. Organising effective promotions that shoppers find attractive and exciting is a part of this strategy. Every year, we inject new and refreshing elements to ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ while retaining its signature feature – the million-dollar grand prize –obviously the draw of the promotion,” said Ms Lim Peck Hoon, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Changi Airport Group.

Changi Airport’s retail business is of strategic importance to CAG – both as a key revenue stream as well as a critical part of the overall airport experience. Retail sales alone in 2013 saw CAG a 9% increase from 2012, reaching a record of more than S$2 billion.

‘Be a Changi Millioniare’ has since made four lucky shoppers at Changi Airport overnight millionaires, changing lives and fulfilling dreams – with the latest being Indonesian shopper, Mr Irvung Tio, who was crowned the fourth Changi Millionaire in January 2014. Standing proud in the Changi Millionaire hall of fame are Singaporeans Ivan Rantung (2010), Peh Hock Peng (2012) and Australian Jessica Down (2011).

Shoppers only need to make a minimum purchase of S$30 at Changi Airport Except money changing facilities, top-up cash card machines, postal services, medical clinics, airline lounges, push-carts, temporary outposts and Crowne Plaza Hotel or to qualify for both the monthly finalist draw and games to win instant prizes. The number of winning chances increases with the amount spent. Additional chances will be allocated for Changi Rewards card members and purchases. For more information, please refer to

Posted by: travelasiapress | April 30, 2014

Cathay Pacific is first airline to confirm operating at Changi T4

Full suite of self-service options and premium commercial offerings to offer enhanced Changi Experience to Cathay’s passengers

SINGAPORE, 30 April 2014 – Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that Cathay Pacific will operate at Changi Airport’s newest terminal – Terminal 4 (T4) – when it opens in 2017. Cathay Pacific is the first airline to confirm its move to T4.

An enhanced travel experience encompassing self-service initiatives (in addition to check-in counters), exciting and attractive retail and F&B offerings, as well as an expanded dedicated lounge for its premium passengers are among the key highlights at T4 that Cathay Pacific’s passengers can look forward to.

Passengers of Hong Kong’s flag carrier will also – for the first time at Changi Airport – enjoy fast and seamless travel initiatives that will be rolled out terminal-wide. A full and integrated suite of self-service options will be offered at key passenger touch points such as check-in, bag drop, immigration and boarding in T4. Departing passengers will enjoy faster processing via the automated channels, as well as greater autonomy of their time spent at the airport as their journey at T4 will no longer be limited by the operating hours of manual check-in counters.

Cathay Pacific’s passengers can also look forward to a new and exclusive premium lounge on the second mezzanine level of the new terminal. At more than 800 sqm, it is larger than the full-service carrier’s current lounge at Terminal 1, with views into the apron and runway, offering passengers in the lounge sightings of aircraft take-offs and landings.

Cathay Pacific is one of Changi Airport’s first airline partners, having operated at Terminal 1 since the airport opened in 1981. Its presence at Changi has grown over the years. Today, Cathay Pacific is among the top 10 largest airlines at Changi Airport in terms of passenger volume, with nine daily services to Hong Kong including one via Bangkok, and four weekly services to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital.

With more than 130 weekly flights to and from Changi Airport, relocating to the new terminal will also provide Cathay Pacific with good room for future growth. T4 is designed to handle 16 million passenger movements per annum, and will be able to support quick aircraft turnaround operations for both full-service and low-cost carriers.

T4 will feature a total of 21 contact stands – 17 for narrow-body aircraft and four for wide-body aircraft, the latter of which can be converted to accommodate eight narrow-body aircraft if the need arises. These stands will come with aerobridges, providing passengers with greater convenience and accessibility.

Mr Wilson Yam, General Manager, Southeast Asia, Cathay Pacific Airways, said, “As a keen adopter of technology aimed at improving passenger experience, self check-in options have always been offered by Cathay Pacific at all our stations. Changi Airport is one of Cathay Pacific’s largest bases outside Hong Kong so we are very excited at this opportunity to offer a transformational on-ground product for our valued passengers.

“Operating at Changi Airport’s T4 offers us the perfect opportunity to bring self-service and automated options to more of our passengers, giving them more control over how they want to use their time at the airport. With the exciting range of shopping and dining options lined up at Terminal 4, we envisage that the time savings, and in turn the improved travel experience, will be appreciated by our discerning passengers.”

At T4, passengers can choose to arrive earlier to enjoy the commercial offerings and facilities in the Transit Area at their comfort and convenience. Several of these functions, such as self-check-in and self-gate boarding, are currently being trialled atChangi’s existing terminals, to ensure that implementation at T4 will be a smooth process.

Mr Yam Kum Weng, CAG’s Executive Vice President of Air Hub and Development, said: “We are delighted with Cathay Pacific’s acceptance of our invitation to relocate its operations to T4. It underscores the airline’s confidence in the Changi brand, and in the premium experience that Changi Airport provides to passengers. Cathay also shares CAG’s service excellence philosophy, which makes it an excellent partner for us to realise new breakthroughs in passenger experience, efficiency and manpower productivity together. We look forward to forging a close partnership with Cathay as we prepare to welcome their passengers to a world-class Terminal 4 come 2017.”

About Changi Airport Group

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 fifth busiest airport for international traffic.  It served a record 53.7 million passengers from around the globe in 2013.  More than 350 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets are situated across three terminals to cater to passengers and visitors.  With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 280 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 6,800 flights every week, or about one every 90 seconds.

About Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 180 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of 140 wide-body aircraft. The airline offers exceptional service and world-beating products on the ground and in the air – including its multiple-award-winning long-haul Business Class. Cathay Pacific has made substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading global transportation hubs.

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.”


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