Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner is set to star at the Singapore Airshow
this week where companies touting private jets and defence hardware to the
Asian market will also be out in force.
The fuel-efficient, lightweight B787, whose first customer is Japan's All
Nippon Airways (ANA), was flown in over the weekend in preparation for the
Tuesday opening of the trade fair.
Boeing has been dogged by production delays to its showpiece aircraft and
ANA has so far received just two of the mid-sized jets, three years after the
first plane was originally scheduled for delivery.
Not to be outdone in Singapore, Airbus - US-based Boeing's European rival -
will display a large-scale model of its A350 XWB which is still under
development and is scheduled to enter into service by 2014.
The A350 XWB is a mid-size long-range plane which its makers tout as using
25 percent less fuel than similar sized aircraft in use today.
With Europe mired in a debt crisis and the US economic recovery still
gaining traction, the world's aircraft makers, major defence contractors and
aerospace companies are looking at Asia's robust markets, analysts say.
Singapore second minister for trade and industry S. Iswaran said Asia will
account for 29 percent of global aircraft deliveries by 2026, and 32 percent of
world air traffic in 2028.
"This will create huge downstream potential in areas like demand for
airplane components and services like aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
in the region," Iswaran said in a recent speech.
But with several airlines having already announced major purchases over the
past 18 months, a key area of interest at the airshow - held from February
14-19 - will be the growing market for private jets in a region with expanding
ranks of super-rich.
Check out the aircraft ahead of the airshow which opens on Feb 14 and goes
on until Feb 17, 2012.
Boeing’s new mid-size passenger airplane, the 787 Dreamliner, touched down in
Singapore on February 11, 2012.
View of the nose of Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Singapore.
View of the fuselage of Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Singapore/
Taking advantage of the kaleidoscope of colours afforded by the new LED lights,
JAL’s in-flight lighting creates a soothing atmosphere of the four seasons in
Japan, such as pink hues of cherry blossoms in spring. The lighting will also
be used to create more conducive environments for slumber and awakening, as
well as to make in-flight meals more appetizing.
Markings on windows compares difference in size between that of Airbus
aircrafts during media tour of Boeing 787 Dreamliner ahead of the Singapore
Crew member Robert O Mosley shows the dimmable windows in the cabin of a Boeing
787 Dreamliner during a media tour of the aircraft ahead of the Singapore
Airshow, February 12, 2012.
View of business class cabin seats during media tour of Boeing 787 Dreamliner
One of the highlights is the luxuriously spacious business-class cabin.
A view of the overhead crew rest compartment during a media tour of the Boeing
787 Dreamliner ahead of the Singapore Airshow in Singapore February 12, 2012.