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Asia's biggest air show begins in Singapore

The only commercial airliner scheduled to take off is Airbus's new A380, the biggest commercial aircraft ever built.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 11:24 IST

Asian Aerospace, ranked as the region's top airshow, openedin Singapore on Tuesday to showcase civilian and military equipment from around the globe.

More than 900 exhibitors from 43 countries have displays at the event which runs until Sunday.

Elite Nepalese Ghurkas armed with rifles guarded roads leading to the Changi Exhibition Centre, where more guards were posted inside spacious exhibition halls displaying everything from jet engines to giant guns and soldiers' vests.

Attendance is expected to top the 75,000 trade visitors and curious members of the public who visited the last event in 2004, organiser Reed Exhibitions said.

US manufacturer Boeing and Europe's Airbus are the major rivals seeking to show off their latest products to potential buyers at the world's third-largest airshow.

Military jets will conduct daily demonstration flights but the only commercial airliner scheduled to take off is Airbus's new double-decker A380, the biggest commercial aircraft ever built.

This is the last edition of the Singapore show, which has been held every two years since 1984. It produced total announced deals worth $3.4 billion at the 2004 event, UK-based Reed said.

Reed announced the event would move to Hong Kong in 2007 to take aim at the world's fastest-growing airline passenger market, China, which is expanding at 12.5 per cent annually.

Singapore plans to organise its own global airshow from 2008.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 08:57 IST