The Singapore Airshow is just days away. Despite worries about the coronavirus epidemic in the region, it seems as though Airbus and Boeing will go ahead with exhibiting. What should we expect from them? Simple Flying decided to take a look.
Started in 2008, the Singapore Airshow takes part every two years. Like any airshow, it is an opportunity for aerospace companies offering products and aerospace companies buying products to get together and make deals. It also allows companies to show off their latest and greatest products. Unlike the Dubai Airshow and recent changes to the Farnborough Airshow, the Singapore Airshow still accepts public visitors.
It appears as though Airbus’ focus for the 2020 Singapore Airshow is on military aviation as well as the E-Fan X. In terms of commercial aviation, the European manufacturer will only be bringing scale models. These will include models of aircraft such as the Airbus A350-1000. In 2019, we saw British Airways and Virgin Atlantic take delivery of their first A350-1000s.
In terms of actual aircraft, it seems that the focus will be on military aircraft. Airbus will bring its A400M, operated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force, in addition to an A330 multi-roll tanker transport aircraft that belongs to the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Finally, an area of airbus’ stand will be dedicated to showing off the E-Fan X concept currently being worked on in collaboration with Rolls Royce.
What about Boeing?
It seems as though Boeing will take a similar stance to Airbus at this year’s Singapore Airshow. The American aircraft manufacturer will, however, have a Boeing 777 at the airshow. The Boeing 777 is the company’s eco-demonstrator. Boeing uses this as a flying testbed for evaluating new technologies. Also at the airshow, the United States Department of Defence will be displaying four Boeing military aircraft.
Boeing is unable to display its 737 MAX portfolio, as the aircraft is currently grounded worldwide. Additionally, the Boeing 777X which took its first flight less than a month ago probably isn’t quite ready to start touring the world. Instead, Boeing will utilize an interactive display that will show off its latest aircraft. This will likely be similar to what the manufacturer had on display at the Dubai Airshow last November.
Both manufacturers will likely hold a number of media briefings during the show. As a result, watch this space, as we could see a number of orders for both Airbus and Boeing products. Be sure to check simple flying for all of the major news from the airshow.
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