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Industry airs plans at Singapore gathering. (Asian Aerospace)

Industry airs plans at Singapore gathering Singapore--It has become a tradition that every two years aviation executives journey to Singapore at a time when winter is at its harshest in most of their home countries. The magnet, they stress, is the Asian Aerospace exhibition and not the balmy climate of the island republic. In 1986 the inducement to journey to Singapore in January was heightened by no less than four aviation conferences "piggybacking" themselves on to the air show by taking place on the two days before the opening of Asian Aerospace.

The conferences, particularly those sponsored by the London Financial Times, featured top industry speakers who in several cases used the Singapore platform to break news which would normally have been issued with much fanfare from their headquarters. For example Joseph Sutter, executive VP of Boeing Commercial Airplane Company announced the 747-500, while Adam Brown, VP-sales of Airbus Industrie disclosed that the TA9 and TA11 have been designated A330 and A340 respectively (see box, p. 32).

The Asian Aerospace show at Singapore's Changi Airport had about 3,000 visitors on each of three trade days with an unexpected 40,000 coming on the single public day. The exhibition was stronger on the military than on the civil aviation side--but so are the Le Bourget and Farnborough air shows. …

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