Highlights from the Singapore Airshow 2014!

[Photo intensive post]

As most of you would have known by now, Asia’s biggest and finest aviation exhibition is back. The Singapore Airshow runs from Tuesday, 11 February 2014 through Sunday, 16 February 2014. Trade days take up the first five days of the show, while the weekend of 15 and 16 February is reserved for the public to get a glimpse of what this year’s aviation exhibition offers.

Singapore Airshow 2014 Logo

I was invited to the media preview of the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, and also the opening ceremony – and thought I could give you a sneak preview of the Airshow if (i) you’re not planning to go but are interested, or (ii) are going but want to know what’s good there first!

Getting there

Tickets are sold via SISTIC at S$22 per adult and S$9 per child (from 3 to 12 years old). If you have yet to get your tickets, you can do so here!

map

The Singapore Airshow is located at the Changi Exhibition Centre. If you’re driving, you can purchase a parking label from SISTIC for S$120, which I honestly believe isn’t worth the money (and time spent queueing). For convenience sake, you can either get there by:

1) Taxi: There is no surcharge getting into the exhibition grounds, but there will be a $10 surcharge getting out at the end of the day.

2) Airshow shuttle: The Airshow shuttle is a complimentary two way trip from Singapore Expo to the exhibition grounds. The queues can be quite disgusting at times but the frequency of the buses are pretty reasonable.

Do take note that if you’re taking either a taxi or the shuttle in, the entrance to the exhibition grounds tend to get extremely congested, so be prepared to be caught in a 30 minute to 45 minute jam (depending on what time you go)!

Static Display

UPDATE AS OF 14 FEBRUARY 2014
The following aircraft have been towed off exhibition grounds:
1. Airbus A350-900 XWB
2. Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner
3. SilkAir Boeing 737-800
4. Sky Aviation Sukhoi Superjet 100
5. Bombardier Q400NextGen

As per all other airshows, the exhibition is segmented into the aerial display segment, static display area, and the shiok-air-conditioning exhibition hall areas. Here’s a sneak peek at the jets and crafts parked for display at the static display area.

The main attraction of the show - the Airbus A350-941 XWB

The main attraction of the show – the Airbus A350-941 XWB

The main highlight of Singapore Airshow 2014 is undoubtedly the new Airbus A350-941 XWB (MSN 003). Unfortunately, the A350 is only here for half the trade duration, and is scheduled to leave for home this afternoon. Nevertheless, here are some pictures of the A350 up close!

Front nose wheel of the A350

Front nose wheel of the A350

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The new Rolls Royce Trent XWB on the A350-941

The new Rolls Royce Trent XWB on the A350-941

IWT_4602An additional feature to trade days is also the Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner. I’m not too sure when the Dreamliner will be towed out, but it should be here until the last trade day on 14 February 2014.

Boarding the 787 for a preview tour

Boarding the 787 for a preview tour

Business class on board the 787

Business class on board the 787

Comfortable right?

Comfortable right?

Immediately after I tried out their Biz Class, I messaged the wife and asked her: can we pleaseeeeee upgrade our honeymoon flight to biz???? (I don't even have to tell you the answer LOL)

Immediately after I tried out their Biz Class, I messaged the wife and asked her: can we pleaseeeeee upgrade our honeymoon flight to biz???? (I don’t even have to tell you the answer LOL)

Kai and Kevin enjoying their time in biz.

Kai and Kevin enjoying their time in biz.

Economy class of the Qatar's Dreamliner

Economy class of the Qatar’s Dreamliner

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Other static display includes:

1) Planes from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (commemorating RSAF’s 45th anniversary)

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RSAF’s CH-47D Chinook on display

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RSAF’s F16 Fighting Falcon

2) Transport jets from the United States Air Force/Marine Corp/Navy

USAF C17 Globemaster

USAF C17 Globemaster

KC-130J Hercules from the US Marines

KC-130J Hercules from the US Marine Corp

3) Luxury and business jets

Gulfstream

Gulfstream G550

Flight deck of the G550

Flight deck of the G550

Embraer Legacy 650

Embraer Legacy 650

Interior of the G550

Interior of the Legacy 650

Even the toilets are nice!

Even the toilets are nice!

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Bombardier Q400 NextGen

And of course, some really funny planes…

Even if I don't fly fast, at least I still can bite...

Even if I don’t fly fast, at least I still can bite…

Aerial display

Every airshow’s highlight (especially for kids) would be the aerial display. This year, the Singapore Airshow features the biggest ever group of aerial aerobatic teams, including the RSAF Black Knights, the Republic of Korea Air Force Black Eagles, Indonesia’s TNI Jupiter team and many more!

1) Republic of Singapore Air Force – Black Knights

RSAF Black Knights

RSAF Black Knights

RSAF Black Knights with their new paint scheme

RSAF Black Knights with their new paint scheme

Black Knights performing a low-speed synchronized pass

Black Knights performing a low-speed synchronized pass

Be sure to catch the finale of the Black Knight's performance with flares!

Be sure to catch the finale of the Black Knight’s performance with flares!

2) Republic of Korea Air Force – Black Eagles

Korea's Black Eagles were pretty impressive too!

Korea’s Black Eagles were pretty impressive too!

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And a closing curtain from the Eagles

And a closing curtain from the Eagles

3) Royal Australian Air Force – F/A 18F Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet from the Royal Australian Air Force

4) Indonesia’s TNI-AU Jupiter Aerobatic Team

TNI's Jupiter Team with their aerobatic display

TNI’s Jupiter Team with their aerobatic display with their KT-1B Wongbee aircrafts

5) Yakovlev Yak-130 

The Yakovlev Yak-130 trainer plane

6) United States Marine Corp – MV-22B Osprey

The V-22 Osprey from the United States Marine Corp

7) United States Air Force – C17 Globemaster

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8) And a rare display on trade days – the Airbus A350-941 XWB

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IWT_4870And just for info purpose, the aerial display timings are as follows:

Time

Exhibition hall areas

If you’re too sick and tired of the sun or getting a little burnt out there at the static display, the exhibition halls provide for a good respite to cool your body down. You can approach the major counters for freebies such as post-its, badges or umbrellas, but these are usually snapped up within the first few hours of the show.

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Before I close this post, here are some tips I’ve put together to help you enjoy your Singapore Airshow experience better!

  • Dress comfortably – don’t go in suit and tie, unless you’re a trade visitor.
  • Bring sunblock – apply loads of it. You will get really red (like me) if you spend long enough under the sun
  • Shades and caps are a good to have
  • Water – very important to stay hydrated if you’re going to be queuing for the static displays
  • Food – the meals sold there are extremely expensive and not worth it. If you can, bring your own sandwiches or bento boxes :)
  • Camera – and of course, don’t forget your cameras!

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I hope this post has been useful to you! Enjoy your Airshow experience! :)

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