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Efforts by Western aerospace manufacturers to maintain their competitive edges by linking up with Asian partners is creating an air of excitement around Asian Aerospace'92 in Singapore this month.

Even without a major announcement on the order of the Taiwan Aerospace/McDonnell Douglas proposal that blasted Taiwan's first tiny aerospace venture into international recognition, Asian Aerospace '92 already is a success.

In terms of size measured in display floor space let, the exhibition has grown about 15% since the last event two years ago. outdoor space let has doubled and the number of hospitality chalets has increased by 45%. A total of 68 aircraft are to be shown.

Considering the world recession, lower promotional budgets and increased competition in aerospace exhibitions, the strength of Asian Aerospace '92 demonstrates the continuing healthy economic growth in Asia.

Boeing, Airbus Industrie and MacDac are taking part but they are not bringing aircraft, in spite of rumors that the Airbus A340 would make a surprise appearance. MacDac had planned to exhibit the MD-11 before Singapore Airlines changed its mind about ordering the type last year. …

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