Asian Aerospace 2011 reaching new heights in Hong Kong

Friday 4, March 2011


Asian Aerospace 2011 reaching new heights in Hong Kong


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.”



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