Record Numbers Of Visitors And Aircraft On Display

March 2, 2011 — Asian Aerospace Expo and Congress 2011 opens its doors at AsiaWorld Expo, Hong Kong, with a ceremony at 10am Tuesday, 8th March. More than 11,000 trade delegates are registered, including 3,500 from China. Over 1,200 of these Chinese delegates are from the airlines that operate 90% of the nation’s fleet and global airline attendance is expected to significantly exceed the 2009 event figure, where the 100 airlines that were represented operated a total fleet of over 11,000 aircraft, more than half the world’s commercial fleet.

Asian Aerospace 2011, taking place in Hong Kong for the third time, is set to be the best ever, with a packed programme of informative conferences and busy exhibition hall, where 270 exhibitors from 32 countries will be represented under one roof. The largest exhibitor will be Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), manufacturer of the C919 airliner, whilst newcomers to the show include the Mitsubishi Regional Jet from Japan and the Sukhoi Superjet 100 from Russia. Other major exhibitors will be Airbus, Air China Technics, AVIC International, Boeing, Bombardier, Cathay Pacific, CFM international, China Eastern, China Southern Cargo, Dassault, Gulfstream, HAECO and Hawker Beechcraft.

Asian Aerospace 2011 features a packed programme including a three-day Congress, Asian Business Aviation, Air Freight Asia, Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium and Aviation Awards Asia.

At the Congress, business leaders from the world’s aerospace, airline, airport, aircraft leasing and financial community will discuss China’s increasing influence on the global air transport industry. The three-day event will look at critical issues facing civil aviation in the region such as growth and development, infrastructure, financing strategies, MRO, airspace optimization and new and emerging technologies.

Record number of 21 business aircraft on display

The large static aircraft display at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC) will feature a record number of business jets. Bombardier will exhibit a Learjet 60XR, Challenger CL300, Challenger CL850 and Global Express XRS, whilst Gulfstream will have a G150, G200, G450 and G550 at the show, together with another G450 from Jet Edge. Airbus will display an A318 Elite and Boeing a BBJ; Cessna will exhibit a Citation Sovereign & Citation X and Jetstream International a Citation 560XL. Dassault will showcase the Falcon 2000LX & 7X, Embraer will display the Legacy 650 and Hawker Beechcraft the 4000 & 900XP. Smaller business aircraft on show include the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i and Pilatus PC-12. Entry into the static display area at HKBAC will require presentation of a passport or identity card.

Two day Asian Business Aviation conference

Complementing the static display, business aviation professionals are invited to attend the two-day Asian Business Aviation Association event, “Business aircraft in Asia – a buyer’s and operator’s guide” sponsored by Jet Support Services, Inc (JSSI) during on 9th-10th March. To be held in the Conference Room, Hangar 2 at Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre, the aerospace industry’s top global and regional experts will offer their views on the market – Airbus, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft Corp, JSSI, Merrill Lynch, TAG Asia, Jet Aviation, Hawker Pacific, The ASA Group, Signature Flight Support and Flight Safety International, plus GAMA Vice President Ed Smith. AsBAA will also hold their annual members meeting coinciding with the show.

Air Freight Asia

Air Freight Asia – the region’s foremost conference and exhibition for air cargo and supply chain executives holds its conference “The Golden Dragon: China’s air cargo market continues to shine” at AsiaWorld-Expo 8th-10th March. The event will be attended by global and local leaders in airfreight, logistics and freight forwarding. Delegates at AFA will also have the opportunity to make site visits to the world’s leading international air cargo terminal operator, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the territory’s second largest operator Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) and DHL’s Central Asia Hub, all situated at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium

Asian Aerospace will also host the Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS), to be held within a dedicated simulation and training pavilion during 8th-10th March. The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department will also host a separate Accident Investigation conference.

New Gala Awards luncheon

A new feature at Asian Aerospace 2011 will be the inaugural “Aviation Awards Asia” gala lunch, organised in co-operation with Reed Exhibitions and Asian Aviation magazine. An invitation only event, the awards will celebrate outstanding achievements in the commercial aviation industry in five categories: Full-Service Airline, Low-Cost Carrier, Business Aviation, MRO, Technology and Environment.

“We are back – bigger and better, with a record number of exhibitors and visitors at a terrific, centrally located venue,” said Brian Thomas, VP Aerospace, and Reed Exhibitions. “The continuing shift of influence and commercial dynamism towards Asia means that Asian Aerospace has grown as the most important fixture in Asia for commercial aviation. We are especially delighted to welcome new western and Chinese companies to Hong Kong next week, who have identified the show as a must attend valuable business networking opportunity.”

February 14, 2011 — Set against continuing strong growth across the region, more than 400 business leaders from the world’s aerospace, airline, airport, aircraft leasing and financial community have already registered to attend the Asian Aerospace 2011 Congress, which will focus on China’s increasing influence on the global air transport industry. The event is an integral part of the region’s leading commercial aviation exhibition, which takes place in Hong Kong 8th-10th March 2011.

The three-day event will explore vision and strategies with the following themes: Challenges and benefits of the aerospace growth curve in Asia, which will tackle how China’s blueprint of aviation infrastructure will shape up over the next decade, together with how market-led funding opportunities can support aerospace development as the Chinese-built C919 regional jet edges closer to its in-service target date of 2016. How China’s operating lessors are making their presence felt in the global market will be addressed by some of the industry’s leading industry financial figures.

Visionary infrastructure strategies to keep growth on track, where India for example is going to need about 400 airports and 3,000 passenger aircraft over the next decade, will be addressed, with a focus on how the airlines are preparing for competitive pressures of the upturn. Delegates will hear from leaders of low cost carriers and how they believe the market is shaping up for short haul operations, together with what the EU’s emission scheme means for Asian carriers.

Afternoon debates will give speakers and delegates the opportunity to examine and discuss in detail some of the critical issues facing civil aviation in the region. Subjects to be covered include financing strategies underpinning growth and how China’s maintenance specialists are engineering a regional MRO powerhouse. Optimising airspace for maximum efficiency and capacity and advanced materials and emerging technologies that will shape the future of aviation manufacturing will be addressed. The essentials for leveraging maximum value from next-generation cabins with a look at new technologies, on board WiFi and how mobile services will boast ancillary revenue.

“Following a very successful event in 2009, this year’s Congress will be held over three full days, structured to enable delegates and speakers ample opportunity to swiftly move between conferences, the exhibition and other activities taking place at Asian Aerospace, with plenty of time for networking and business discussions,” said Brian Thomas, VP Aerospace, Reed Exhibitions – Hong Kong.

An impressive array of speakers has been assembled with a wealth of expertise and experience. Tony Tyler, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific, who takes over as the next IATA Director General in March will give the Congress keynote speech at 11.30 on March 8th.

Moderated by Flightglobal Strategy Director Kevin O’Toole, the full line up of speakers is as follows:

Chye Kiat Ang, Executive Vice President, Aircraft Maintenance & Modification, ST Aerospace
Robert Anton, Senior Vice President, Component Services, Air France Industries
Brian Bagstad, Senior Air Traffic Organisation Representative to the Asia Pacific Region, Federal Aviation Administration
Daniel Baron, Managing Director, LIFT Strategic Design
Al Bryant, Vice President, Boeing Research & Technology China
Christopher Chao, Professor and Associate Head, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Stuart Dunleavy, Vice President of Marketing & Customer Proposition, Thales
Song Fu, Deputy Dean, School of Aerospace Engineering, Tsinghua University
Andrew Herdman, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines
Geoff Hounsell, Assistant Director ATM, SO&I, Asia Pacific, International Air Transport Association
Kwang-Yong Kim, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University
Louis LAI Tak Chuen, General Manager Planning & Production Control, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company
Johnny Lau, Managing Director, Global Head – Aviation Finance, ICBC Leasing
Norman Lo, Director General, Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong
Olivier Longeville, Vice President Product Strategy and Market, Snecma-Safran Group
Moe Tchun Lum, Senior Vice President and Head of Singapore Dollar Fixed Income Origination, Treasury and Markets Division, DBS Bank
Paul Marks, CEO, Argosy International Inc.
Robert Martin, Managing Director and CEO, BOC Aviation
Anup Mysoor, Managing Director, Citigroup Aviation Investment Banking
Azran Osman-Rani, CEO, AirAsia X
Richard Parker, Director of Research & Technology, Rolls Royce
Simon Powell, Head of Sustainable Research, CLSA
Noppadol Pringvanich, Engineering Manager, AeroThai
Timothy Ross, Executive Director, UBS Investment Bank
Prof. Wei Shyy, Provost & Chairman, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
John Swift, Transport Solutions Director, NATS
Changhong Wang, Professor of Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology
Mark Watson, Head of Environment, Cathay Pacific
Ronald Wong, Senior Electronics Engineer, Air Traffic Engineering and Standards Division, Civil Aviation Department Hong Kong
Zhu Xiao, Executive Director Sales & Supply, Ameco Beijing
Xin Zhang, Airbus Professor of Aircraft Engineering, Airbus Noise Technology Centre, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton

New Aviation Awards Asia

Asian Aviation Magazine and Reed Exhibitions, organisers of Asian Aerospace 2011, have joined forces to launch the inaugural Aviation Awards Asia. Winners to be announced at a gala lunch to be held on 9th March.

This truly Asia-focused event will recognise outstanding achievements in the Asian commercial aviation industry. The goal is to raise the profile of the key players in the market, rewarding innovation, excellence, professionalism and best business practices.

The Awards will be presented in five categories: Full-Service Airline; Low-Cost Carrier; Business Aviation; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul and Technology & Environment. Entrants have been judged by a panel of industry experts taking into account a range of factors, including impact on business performance, originality, effect on operational safety, customer service and contribution to aviation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Members of the Awards judging panel are as follows:

Edward M.Bolen – President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association
Martin Craigs – President, Aerospace Forum Asia
David Forsyth – Chairman, Air Services Australia
Peter Harbison – Executive Chairman, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation
Andrew Herdman – Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines
V K Mathews – Chairman and CEO, IBS Group

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COMAC C919 mock-up, Mitsubishi MRJ and Sukhoi Superjet exhibits amongst new attractions at the region’s leading commercial aviation event

December 13, 2010 — Asian Aerospace, the region’s leading commercial aviation exposition and congress, looks set to beat all records as it commences the final three month countdown to the event in Hong Kong 8th-10th March 2011. Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), manufacturer of the new 150 seat C919 airliner, is set to be the largest exhibitor, with the first appearance of the full cabin mock-up outside mainland China. COMAC will be amongst a host of major Chinese aerospace companies and influential government & trade association delegations that are destined to make Asian Aerospace an unbeatable “East meets West” industry event.

Also in the vanguard of Asian manufacturers exhibiting in Hong Kong will be Mitsubishi of Japan, which will be looking to further boost the international success of the new 90 seat MRJ airliner. Another newcomer to Asian Aerospace will be Sukhoi from Russia, which will be promoting the soon to be certificated Superjet 100. Looking westwards, Airbus is also expected to be joining Boeing, Bombardier, CFM International and Embraer amongst hundreds of international companies that will be back at Asian Aerospace in 2011.

Asian and Chinese airline visitors are expected to significantly exceed the total of 4,600 from 104 carriers achieved at the 2009 event. These carriers operate more than 11,000 aircraft, representing approximately half the world’s fleet. Official support for Asian Aerospace 2011 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), China Air Transport Association (CATA), China Civil Airports Association (CCAA) and the Civil Aviation MRO Association of China (CAMAC) is contributing to prospective record breaking levels of attendance from China.

“Asian Aerospace 2011 is shaping up to be a very exciting event, with a record number of exhibitors and visitors expected at an event that is attracting industry leaders from East and West,” said Brian Thomas, VP Aerospace, Reed Exhibitions. “The prevailing shift of influence and commercial dynamism towards Asia leaves me in no doubt that Asian Aerospace is destined to become the world’s, not just the region’s, most important commercial aviation industry event over the next 10 years.”

Another highlight of Asian Aerospace 2011 will be the high level Congress, with confirmed keynote speakers including Tony Tyler, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways, Norman Lo, Director General of Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, Andrew Herdman, Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, and Professor Wei Shyy, Provost & Chair Professor (Mechanical Engineering) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Over 300 business leaders are expected at the Congress, which will be a focal point for exhibitors and delegates to network at the very highest levels. The congress is organised in co-operation with industry’s leading B2B publisher,

In addition to the Congress, Asian Aerospace will once again host the Asia Pacific Aviation Training Symposium (APATS), which will held within a dedicated Simulation & Training pavilion. Leading global and regional experts will deliver updates on key regulatory changes, latest technology and proven best practice in the delivery of civil aviation training. Training is a key enabling technology for safe aviation growth in the Asia Pacific region. The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department will be hosting a separate Accident Investigation conference during Asian Aerospace.

Another new feature at Asian Aerospace 2011 will be the inaugural “Aviation Awards Asia” event, organised in co-operation with Asian Aviation magazine. The awards will recognise excellence and outstanding achievements across the region in the following categories: Full Service Airline, Low Cost Carrier, Business Aviation, MRO, Technology & Environment and Airport of the Year.

Asian Aerospace 2011 will once again be held at AsiaWorld-Expo, which not only offers convenient and speedy MTR links from downtown Hong Kong and the city’s international airport, but is also located close to the static display area.

Leading Asian b2b Aerospace Event Pledges To Repeat Winning Formula of Exhibition, High Level Industry Conferences and Enhanced Business Aviaiton Content

Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress returns to Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld Expo at the earlier time of March 8-10, 2011 with a programme that promises to eclipse 2009’s event. Organiser Reed Exhibitions, working with key industry partners in Asia and media partner, the Flight Group, has been so encouraged by delegates’ response to its unique and integral conference programme that it is bolstering that element next year. It is also expanding and reshaping its business aviation content at the adjacent Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre.

In September Asian Aerospace 2009 attracted over 12,600 attendees – 81% from Greater China, including Macau and Hong Kong; 5% from South East Asia and 14% from the rest of world. The show attracted 2,200 senior airline representatives (37% of total participants) and 100 senior industry speakers addressed the supporting conferences. Over 300 media flew in to report on what has now become a must attend show for commercial aviation in Asia. Some 97% of visitors said they achieved their commercial objectives at the show.

“Asian Aerospace is unique on the aviation calendar because it is a pure, independent commercial show. It is not aligned with any government and is a recognized b2b show with no flying display content,” said Head of Global Sales, Aerospace Group Richard Thiele. “This show is a brilliant foundation for commercial aviation businesses to take advantage of the massive growth that this region is set to enjoy and Hong Kong, with its easy access, vibrant hospitality and close proximity to China is the right venue for business to business networking.”

Reed Exhibitions, which has been organising large scale events in Asia since 1971 in various sectors, continues with its strategy to expand its aerospace activities in the region. Asian Aerospace 2011 will feature the AA Congress, the must attend event for lively discussion and engaging debate on air transport trends and infrastructure, plus conferences on MRO and training and Air Freight.

Drawing on its strong business aviation profile in 2009 with a record 16 aircraft out in the static park and a complementary two half day conference programme with the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), Asian Aerospace is planning to develop this content to reflect the strong growth in the sector.

Asian Aerospace will continue to be a strong platform to open up Chinese manufacturing capability to Western manufacturers. Exhibitors from 28 countries participated in 2009 and among the highlights was the international debut of Shanghai-based Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) new C919 airliner.