Airbus: at the heart of Asia’s largest airshow

martes, 6 de febrero de 2018

Airbus’ strong presence at Singapore Airshow 2018 reflects its commitment to the Asia-Pacific region

Asia’s biggest aviation show opened today at the Changi Exhibition Centre, and Airbus is at the heart of it. The Singapore Airshow, held every two years, is where partnerships are forged and deals are sealed in the Asia-Pacific region. Airbus is the largest international exhibitor at the show, reflecting the company’s commitment to this part of the world.

Airbus boasts a strong industrial presence in the region and relies upon some 600 Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers across 15 countries. Asia-Pacific nations are also an increasingly rich source of partnerships for innovation, new technologies and digitalisation.

The Asia-Pacific region accounts for a third of Airbus’ new business and an equal third of the company’s order book. The region is, in fact, the fastest growing market for each Airbus business – commercial aircraft, defence, space, helicopters and innovation – and the range of Airbus products at the Singapore Airshow reflects this.

All Airbus divisions showing their strengths in the region

With the company’s newest jetliner, the A350-1000, on display at Singapore – joined by its largest military transporter, helicopters, satellites, an autonomous parcel delivery drone and more – Airbus is well positioned to showcase its aerospace leadership and demonstrate that ‘We Make it Fly.’ In addition to aircraft on display, Airbus has an area dedicated to the company’s growing services business, as well as video presentations of key innovative projects.

Airbus commercial aircraft have been especially successful in Asia and the Pacific, where the company offers a modern and extensive range of jetliners that combine unrivalled operational efficiency with the highest levels of passenger comfort. Highlighting the company’s strong presence in the widebody market is the all-new A350-1000 on display as it makes an extended stopover at the Singapore Airshow amid a 12-city demonstration tour across the region. Also on display is a full-scale mock-up section of the Airspace interior for the new A330neo jetliner, which elevates the feeling of cabin space and comfort to another level.

With a wide range of helicopter products meeting the needs of both civil and military operators, Airbus is the leading supplier of rotary-wing aircraft to the region. Offering the most extensive customer support network of any helicopter manufacturer, Airbus supports more than 40 percent of the civil and para-public fleet in Asia and the Pacific. On static display at the Singapore Airshow are the single-engine H130 and twin-engine H135 helicopters. The Project Skyways drone is also being displayed for the first time, spotlighting the innovative unmanned air delivery system intended for use in dense urban environments. The project is at an advanced stage of development in collaboration with partners in Singapore.

From military airlifters to Earth-orbiting satellites

The Asia-Pacific region is one of biggest growth markets for Airbus’ defence and space portfolio. Showcasing the company’s comprehensive range of military transport aircraft is a Royal Malaysian Air Force A400M Atlas, the most advanced, proven and certified airlifter available. Airbus’ Earth-observation and telecommunication satellite system capabilities are represented with a scale model of the AstroBus-XS satellite platform.

Demonstrating Airbus’ commitment to innovation is the Hangar of the Future, a project to digitise and automate maintenance activities to increase overall efficiency. The project, undertaken with the Temasek Polytechnic education institution in Singapore, is co-funded by Airbus and the Singapore Economic Development Board. Trials are ongoing at a testbed hangar at Temasek Polytechnic.

The 2018 Singapore Airshow runs through 11 February 2018 at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

Forecast demand for more than 14,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years

Airbus further consolidated its market lead in Asia-Pacific in 2017, delivering 367 new aircraft to 50 operators across the region, either directly to airlines or via lessors. This accounted for over half of Airbus’ total deliveries worldwide (718 aircraft) during the year, reflecting the importance of the region for the manufacturer. Deliveries to the region included almost 100 new widebody aircraft and marked the arrival of the long-rage A350 XWB with three new Asian operators.

In 2017, Airbus also won the lion’s share of new business in the region, gaining 65% of the market with 100 new aircraft orders from 7 customers. This brings the Airbus backlog in the region to more than 2,000 aircraft, corresponding to a third of the total backlog for the company.

The regional results and market forecast were presented by Eric Schulz, Airbus Executive Vice President, Chief of Sales, Marketing & Contracts, at a Media Briefing at the opening of the Singapore Air Show 2018.

“Accounting for one third of Airbus total backlog, one third of Airbus total orders and one third of the overall Airbus in-service fleet, there is no doubt that Asia-Pacific is a core market for Airbus” said Eric Schulz. “With traffic tripling over the next 20 years, and some of the highest growth rates, the Asia-Pacific region will by far be the world’s largest aviation market.”

“Airbus had an excellent year in Asia-Pacific in 2017 and we see more potential in the coming years, in particular in the widebody market, where the region will account for 46% of total worldwide demand. Airbus is perfectly placed to meet this need, already holding 60% of the widebody backlog in the region and offering the most modern and complete widebody product line, with the A330neo, A350 XWB and of course the A380”.

According to the Airbus forecast, the Asia-Pacific region will see an annual increase in passenger traffic of 5.6% and will require some 14,450 new aircraft over the forecast period. This represents more than 40% of global demand for almost 35,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

Airbus maintains a leading share in the Asia-Pacific region in both the single aisle and widebody markets. Today more than half of all single aisle aircraft flying in the region are A320 Family aircraft. The Airbus widebody family is especially successful in region, with almost 800 flying today and another 350 on order for future delivery, representing 60% of total widebody backlog in the region.

The A350 XWB is the new long-range leader in the Asia-Pacific region, where 14 airlines have placed orders for 287 aircraft. Eight carriers from the region are already flying the modern widebody on long range routes to Europe and the US. The A350-1000, nearing its first customer delivery in the coming weeks, will further consolidate the A350 XWB position. In 2018 Airbus will deliver the first A350-1000 for the region to Cathay Pacific, as well as the first A350 Ultra Long Range to Singapore Airlines.                                                                                                                                                                                                         * * *
Asia-Pacific 20 Year Market Forecast - Headline Figures

•       5.6% annual growth in passenger traffic (global average 4.4%)

•       Traffic will triple in the next 20 years
•       Asia-Pacific fleet will grow from 6,100 today to almost 17,000
•       Demand for 14,450 new aircraft valued at USD 2.3 trillion
•       40% of total world demand for almost 35,000 aircraft over next 20 years
•       4,000 widebodies and 650 very large aircraft = 46% of global widebody demand (10,100)
•       9,800 single aisle aircraft = 40% of global single-aisle demand (24,800)

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