SHAH ALAM: Singapore Airshow 2020 was officially opened today under the shadow of a deadly coronavirus outbreak prompting many exhibitors and attendees to skip the biennial show, one of the most heavily attended in recent times in the Asia Pacific region.
The airshow was officially opened by Singapore’s coordinating minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Khaw Boon Wan and Defence Minister, Dr Ng Eng Hen at Changi Exhibition Centre. The Malaysian delegation were among the biggest foreign attendees with Defence and Transport ministers, Mohammad Sabu and Anthony Loke, present at the opening ceremony.
The Malaysian armed forces were represented at the show by the Chief of Defence Force General Affendi Buang and RMAF chief Gen Ackbal Samad. Two RMAF aircraft, an Airbus A400M airlifter and a Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker, are also taking part in the static display.
Despite the various reports by the media on the various cancellations, Experia Events, the organiser of the show gave a more positive outlook of the event.
The biennial event that is taking place from 11 – 16 February 2020, expects 40,000 trade visitors and over 930 participating companies from more than 45 countries.
“The strong show of support among some of the world’s top global aerospace and defence companies is a testimony of the importance and relevance of the Singapore Airshow as a prime gateway to Asia’s buoyant markets,” said Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director, Experia Events Pte Ltd, organiser of Singapore Airshow 2020. “We look forward to a week of strategic dialogues, expansive networking and powerful collaboration that will shape the pace of transformation of Asia’s aviation industry.”
I had registered for the airshow but the decision of the Singapore authorities to raise the threat level to orange due to the coronavirus outbreak last week led to me skip the show this year altogether. Hopefully the outbreak will be under control soon.
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