Earlier this month, the 2020 Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest airshow, took place at the Changi Exhibition Centre and welcomed more than 30,000 trade attendees, despite some last minute withdrawals due to concerns about the coronavirus. Connected Aviation Today captured some of the key trends and announcements from the show in our social media recap below including industry diversity, urban air mobility (UAM), and shifting challenges of the Asian aviation market.
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Naturally, the recent coronavirus outbreak is impacting the Asian travel market. The Singapore Airshow organizers made sure to take necessary precautions for attendees at the show, but key industry players like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Collins Aerospace still abstained from attending due to health concerns.
In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat remained hopeful and said, “We live in a highly interconnected world, with integrated global supply chains and good people mobility, which has been accelerated by air travel. As countries step up safeguards, we should all do so based on data and scientific evidence as well as the specific context of each country.” He ensured, “We also do our best to sustain the flow of goods and commerce, even as we are united in our objective to protect the well-being of our people…I am similarly confident that the global aviation sector will weather this coronavirus outbreak, much like how you recovered and emerged stronger from September 11, the Global Financial Crisis, SARS, and MERS.”
Leaders in the Asian aviation market like Keat are staying optimistic despite the impact the coronavirus is having on travel in the region currently and were encouraged by the level of collaboration exhibited at this year’s show.
Diversity and inclusion are often points of discussion among aviation industry professionals at gatherings like the Singapore Airshow. This year, Airbus hosted the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA) Connect event to promote gender diversity in the aviation space.
One of the hottest discussions at the Singapore Airshow this year was the topic of UAM and how to safely incorporate it into today’s airspace. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) signed an agreement with Airbus at the event promoting better regional connectivity to effectively mitigate inherent challenges with new entrants. Various aviation experts discussed how industry players are working towards making urban air mobility a reality.
We look forward to what the next Singapore Airshow will bring in 2022 and seeing how far aviation technologies will have come!