Posted by: travelasiapress | September 25, 2014

Changi Airport welcomes MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Ulaanbaatar becomes latest city link in Changi’s network

MongolianAir

SINGAPORE, 24 September 2014 – Singapore Changi Airport today celebrated the arrival of MIAT Mongolian Airlines, directly connecting Singapore to Mongolia for the first time. The Mongolian national carrier will operate a twice-weekly service between Ulaanbaatar and Singapore, via Beijing. The route will utilise a 174-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a two-class configuration1.

To commemorate the new link, a delegation led by Mr Gansukh Amarjargal, Mongolia Member of Parliament and Minister of Road and Transportation, together with Mr Gungaa Jargalsaikhan, President and CEO of MIAT Mongolian Airlines, was on board the inaugural flight that arrived at Changi Airport at 1700 hours. They were welcomed by Her Excellency Banzragch Delgermaa, Ambassador of Mongolia to Singapore, and Mr Yam Kum Weng, Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) Executive Vice President for Air Hub & Development.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines is the fourth new carrier for Changi Airport this year, following Uzbekistan Airways and Spring Airways that launched flights in April and VietJet in May, while Ulaanbaatar becomes the third new city link this year, following Tashkent and Lanzhou.

Promoting business and tourism
The new Ulaanbaatar-Singapore service opens up new business and tourism opportunities between Singapore and Mongolia. Singapore is a well-regarded leisure and business destination for Mongolians. In the 12-month period ending July 2014, Singapore welcomed more than 8,000 visitors from Mongolia2.

With over 50 city links and close to 2,000 weekly services to Southeast Asia and Southwest Pacific, Singapore is well-positioned to be Mongolia’s conduit to the region, through MIAT Mongolian Airlines’ partnership with other carriers operating at Changi Airport. From the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, MIAT Mongolian Airlines provides travellers direct access to Germany and Russia.

Deepening bilateral ties between Mongolia and Singapore
Over the past decade, Mongolia has seen rapid industrial and economic transformation. Since 2011, the country’s GDP growth has been outperforming those of developing East Asian and Pacific markets. In 2013, Mongolia recorded a strong GDP growth of 11.7%3.

Singapore and Mongolia enjoy close bilateral ties. Over the years, there have been regular engagements through official visits and meetings between the two countries. More recently, the President of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elebegdorj, conducted a state visit to Singapore and graced the inaugural Mongolia-Singapore Business Forum in November 2013. Bilateral trade between Singapore and Mongolia amounted to more than S$85 million in 2012 and the new Mongolia-Singapore air bridge will deepen existing bilateral economic ties and enhance people flow between the two countries4.

Changi Airport Group’s Executive Vice President for Air Hub & Development, Mr Yam Kum Weng, said, “We are proud to welcome Mongolia’s national carrier to the family of airlines at Changi Airport. Mongolia has enjoyed strong economic growth and as the country opens up its economy and resource sectors, there will be more business and investment opportunities not only between our two countries, but also between Mongolia and Asia-Pacific. The direct Ulaanbaatar-Singapore service by MIAT Mongolian Airlines is thus timely to support growing demand for business and leisure travel.”

The Land of Genghis Khan
Holiday-makers in Singapore will now be able to add another exotic destination to their “to-travel” list. Travellers will be drawn by Mongolia’s vast scenery and unspoilt wilderness, accented by snow-capped mountains and complemented by the renowned hospitable, nomadic culture of its people. Mongolia is also home to three UNESCO heritage sites and history-enthusiasts can relive the story of the legendary Genghis Khan, experiencing how the Mongols built the biggest medieval empire in the world.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines will operate at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 with the following schedule:

Flight No. Aircraft Type Route STD
(Local Time)
STA
(Local Time)
Day of Operation
OM231 B738 Ulaanbaatar – Beijing – Singapore 0615H 1545H Wednesday
OM232 B738 Singapore – Beijing – Ulaanbaatar 1820H 0410H (+1) Wednesday
OM231 B738 Ulaanbaatar – Beijing – Singapore 0615H 1545H Saturday
OM232 B738 Singapore – Beijing – Ulaanbaatar 1845H 0430H (+1) Saturday

To celebrate its commencement of operations at Changi Airport, MIAT Mongolian Airlines is offering promotional fares on return economy class tickets starting from S$6705. More details are available at www.changiairport.com/miat.

1 Business and Economy classes
2 Source: Singapore Tourism Board
3 Source: World Bank
4 Source: IE Singapore
5 Excludes fees and surcharges. Terms and conditions apply.

17 September 2014 – The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) would like to inform the public that Streetdeal Singapore Pte Ltd (“Streetdeal”) has been convicted today of 16 charges under the Travel Agents Act and Regulations (Chapter 334) (“TA Act”). The remaining 31 charges under the TA Act were taken into consideration. Streetdeal was fined a total of $25,000 for 14 charges of carrying on the business of a travel agent without a valid travel agent licence and 2 charges of abetting an unlicensed travel agent, AbsolutInspira Pte Ltd (“AbsolutInspira”) in carrying on the business of a travel agent without a valid travel agent licence.

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 iShopChangi.com 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 iShopChangi.com purchases. For more information, please refer to changiairport.com/millionaire

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) (www.changiairportgroup.com) 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.

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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.

About LORADS III

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

performance.

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.”

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