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Singapore Airshow 2020 to Proceed Despite Coronavirus Threat

In response to the Ministry of Health’s announcement to raise Singapore’s Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) to Orange, Singapore Airshow will be implementing seat tagging for seated events at Singapore Airshow 2020.

At DORSCON Yellow, Experia Events, the show organisers, are already prepared with enhanced cleaning and refuse management to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, hand sanitisers for attendees, deployment of a team of doctors and medics to attend to visitors who are feeling unwell and mandatory temperature screenings at access points at Singapore Expo and CEC. Stepping up with seat tagging will support the Singapore government’s overall contact tracing process, for the well-being and safety of all attendees at the Singapore Airshow 2020.

“The health and well-being of our attendees is of utmost priority.” Alongside these additional measures, Experia Events remains ready and prepared to implement further enhanced measures as required by the authorities and will be providing further periodic updates leading up to the Singapore Airshow 2020. Current MOH guidelines and measures can be found at the MOH website.

The six-day event starting Feb. 11 will proceed as planned, but organiser Experia Events said the recent restrictions on entry into Singapore, combined with company bans on employee travel, will "reduce the number of exhibitors and visitors."

Fifteen exhibitors had confirmed their withdrawal from the biennial event as of Tuesday, Experia said, including Cessna Aircraft parent Textron Aviation of the U.S., Canadian company CAE and Germany's Stemme.

Ten Chinese companies are among those no longer participating, including state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, better known as COMAC, an emerging rival for industry leaders Boeing and Airbus. State-owned defence company China National Aero-Technology Import & Export has also pulled out.

Canada's Bombardier, U.S. business jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace and China's COMAC are among the manufacturers that have withdrawn from next week's Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace exhibition, due to concerns over the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Boeing, Airbus and SAAB along with many other major players in the industry have confirmed that will participate at the Singapore Airshow, showcasing its latest products, services and innovations in the commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopter segments.

The Airbus exhibit will feature products from across the Airbus Family product range, including large scale models of the long range A350-1000, the A400M military airlifter and the H160 helicopter, as well as S450, an earth observation satellite platform.

An area of the stand will be dedicated to Airbus’ latest innovations designed to build a sustainable future of flight. These include a model of the E-Fan X hybrid-electric demonstrator and for the first time a model of MAVERIC, a new flying demonstrator, with a disruptive aircraft configuration.

In addition, visitors can learn more about the latest Airbus Services solutions being brought to market. These include Skywise, Airbus’ open data platform of reference for all major aviation players looking to improve their operational performance, and a demo of the newly unveiled Airbus Virtual Reality Flight Trainer.

From the military product line, an A400M operated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force, will be on display. This latest generation, multi-role aircraft, offers unmatched versatility on military and humanitarian missions around the globe. The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will also display one of its newly acquired A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) aircraft which offers capabilities that include refuelling missions, transport and deployment.

Boeing will highlight its broad range of commercial and defence products, services and technologies. The company’s presence and activities at the show will underscore its commitment to safety, global partnerships, sustainability and innovation.

“With 60% of the world’s population, the Asia-Pacific region is the largest commercial aviation market in the world. The region continues to demand more single- and twin-aisle airplanes for replacement and growth, along with commercial and defence services,” said Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia. “The Singapore Airshow provides a great opportunity for Boeing to build on our 70-year presence in the region and strengthen relationships with our customers, suppliers and partners in these growing markets.”

Boeing will feature the ecoDemonstrator program and its 777 flying test bed, which is evaluating 50 technologies with the potential to improve passenger comfort, safety and environmental performance. The U.S. Department of Defence will also exhibit a robust line-up of Boeing platforms, including the P-8 Poseidon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-15 and MV-22 Osprey.

At Boeing's exhibit, visitors can immerse themselves in a 360-degree theatre and learn more about the company's capabilities throughout the product life cycle. An interactive display will highlight Boeing's latest family of aircraft and services, as well as the company's vision for the future of mobility.

Saab will display its world-leading air defence and surveillance product line-up, including the Gripen fighter, GlobalEye AEW&C, Giraffe surface radars and RBS 70 NG air defence system.

The Asia Pacific region, with Singapore as a hub, is a dynamic and fast-growing market where Saab is pursuing opportunities across all of its product domains. At the Singapore Airshow 2020 Saab will demonstrate how in today’s complex and turbulent world, Saab’s thinking edge delivers the innovative and advanced solutions that safeguard people and society.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.