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Singapore Show Report
The business jet community was
very much in focus in Singapore
during the air show -- even if
much of the action was actually
taking place halfway across the
island in Seletar. At the show
itself, Lion Air was a prominent buyer -- as it was
in the narrowbody and regional jet sectors. e
Indonesian carrier ordered two Hawker 900XP
mid-sized business jets from Hawker Beechcra
with options for two more.
The carrier seemed very confident that these
would be exercised, along with plenty more orders
if its charter-based ser vice proves successful. Daniel
Keady, Hawker Beechcra s vice-president of sales
for the Asia-Paci c and India, is hopeful of similar
deals in the region -- the manufacturer has talked
to Singapore Airlines among others. e Lion Air
aircra will be delivered in May and September of
Brazil s Embraer, meanwhile, announced that it had
signed an agreement for three Lineage 1000 ultra-
large executive jets with China s Minsheng Financial
Leasing Company -- an increasingly powerful force in
the Asia-Paci c business jet market. e manufacturer
is scheduled to begin deliveries in 2012.
e business aviation market in Asia is clearly
taking o . "Growth is huge. Volumes are still relatively
small, but it s a growth market," says Keady.
To support this growth, the business jet industry is
gearing up its a ermarket e orts -- nowhere more
so than at Seletar Aerospace Park in the north of
Singapore. e development of the park has meant
that support providers such as Fokker Ser vices and
Hawker Paci c have had to vacate premises that in
some cases dated back to World War Two.
Both have taken this opportunity to launch
signi cant expansion plans. " is was a blessing in
disguise," says Peter Somers, president of Fokker
Services. "It gave us an opportunity to think about
our Asia-Paci c business and how to develop it."
e result is a new hangar, 80m wide, 50m long and
13m high. It will be centred on the Fokker, ATR and
Bombardier Dash-8 product lines and will carry out
ser vices including heavy maintenance. e facility has
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval.
The facility was officially opened on the first say
of the air show, and the following night next-door
neighbour Hawker Pacific had its own opening
The company s new 9,400 square-metre
(101,000 square-foot) ser vice centre includes
sales, management and support o ces, a heavy-
maintenance facility, spares distribution, VIP
reception, customer and crew lounges and dedicated
undercover jet parking. In March, a new paint shop
will be commissioned. e company signed a deal
with Embraer at the show that will see it o er
MRO capabilities across the entire Embraer range,
including the Phenom 300 and Lineage 1000.
Tony Jones, senior vice-president aircra sales and
ight-ser vices group, says the company is focused
around three core markets - Australia/New Zealand;
the Middle East; and Asia. e company also has a
facility in Shanghai.
Meanwhile, on the day before the show, Dallas
Airmotive Asia Paci c opened its Regional Turbine
Center (RTC)in Seletar, covering Honeywell
engines. ere will be more opening ceremonies
to come at Seletar. Cessna and Bell have a site near
completion that includes customisation facilities. ST
Aerospace is building up its business-jet capability
at Seletar, and Bombardier announced at the show
that it will open a full-scale company-owned and
operated business-jet ser vice centre in Singapore in
2013 that will be the OEM s customer services hub
for the Asia Paci c region.
There was plenty of activity in the business jet community at the Singapore Air
Show - and elsewhere around the island, writes Colin Baker.
"Growth is huge. Volumes are
still relatively small, but it's
a growth market." -- Daniel
Keady, Hawker Beechcraft VP
of sales, Asia-Pacific and India
Business aviation opportunity
Gulfstream took its Gulfstream G450 demonstrator with the
new Elite interior to Singapore, showcasing the new, sleek cabin
featuring design elements from the company s agship G650
" e new design has cleaner lines," says Jason Akovenko, regional
vice-president Asia-Paci c at Gulfstream. e new interior is also
available on the G550.
Features include an Apple touch-screen style cabin management
system (CMS) that allows each passenger to control their
immediate environment, including lighting, temperature and
window shades - and save their favourite settings. ese systems
can also be controlled via the passengers own mobile phones.
Gulfstream also announced during the show that the G650 is
expected to enter ser vice in the middle of this year.
Separately, the manufacturer said it has established a joint
venture with Beijing Capital Airlines and Grand China Aviation
Technik to operate a business-jet ser vice centre at Beijing Capital
Gulfstream's Elite cabin
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