Emerging tech a new feature at Singapore Airshow 2016

Over 90 per cent of the exhibition space for next year's Singapore Airshow has already been sold.

Major aerospace and aviation players, including Airbus, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney, ST Engineering and Thales have confirmed their attendance.

A new feature of the upcoming event at the Changi Exhibition Centre will be the Aerospace Emerging Technologies zone.

This area will include real-time flight monitoring, augmented reality and intelligent automation products that companies have developed for the sector.

Next year's show will also feature enhanced training and simulation zones, which will take up double the space they did at the show last year.

Managing director of the show's organiser Experia Events, Mr Leck Chet Lam, noted that there was a lot of interest in the training of pilots as well as aircraft engineers, given the growth of the aerospace sector in Asia.

Studies have shown that over the next 20 years, Asia will account for 40 per cent of all new aircraft deliveries, higher than the 21 per cent for the United States and 19 per cent for Europe.

"Growth in Asia is robust, strong and sustained," he said at a media event for the Singapore Airshow 2016 on Wednesday.

Last year's show saw deals worth US$32 billion (S$45 billion) inked - about US$1 billion more than the previous show in 2012.

An estimated $319 million was also spent by visitors and participants on hotels, retail and food and beverages - 25 per cent more than the 2012 show.

The biennial event, which will be held from Feb 16 to 21, will also feature the latest aircraft in the market as well as aerial displays from around the world.

Tickets for the public shows, which will be held on Feb 20 and 21, may be purchased through Sistic and are priced at $22 for adults and $9 for children between three and 12 years of age.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2015, with the headline 'Emerging tech a new feature at Singapore Airshow 2016'. Subscribe