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Entertainment, Food & Beverage

Stage set for biggest-ever Singapore Airshow

This year's show will take up 25% more space than last one in 2010
The Straits Times - February 6, 2012
By: Royston Sim
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Stage set for biggest-ever Singapore Airshow Workers setting up a scale model of an airplane at an exhibition booth. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

THE stage is nearly set for the biggest-ever Singapore Airshow, as preparations for the event move into the final stages.

Exhibitors have moved in to set up their respective booths within the 50,000 sq m exhibition space at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

The show, organised by Experia Events, takes up 25 per cent more space than the previous show held in 2010.

Home-grown defence manufacturer Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering is the biggest exhibitor once again, taking up more than 3,000 sq m of space.

Its booth will be about 90 per cent ready by today, said Mr Ng Meng Chuen, executive director of Pico Art International, the main contractor working on the exhibition hall and hospitality chalets used by the exhibitors.

Pico now has some 65 staff and 500 workers on the job, up from 40 staff and 250 workers a week ago.

In all, about 10,000 workers will be involved in setting up the exhibition.

'It's full steam ahead,' Mr Ng said.

About 900 exhibitors from more than 50 countries have signed up. The three biggest players are ST Engineering, Boeing and Airbus' parent company Eads.

There will be 22 national pavilions, including those by the United States and Germany. In a first for the biennial Singapore Airshow, there will also be pavilions from Japan and the Ukraine.

More than 60 commercial and military aircraft will be on display at the 100,000 sq m outdoor static display area, compared with 53 at the previous show.

Highlights of the display include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Gulfstream G280, the Dornier 228NG and the Hawker 900 XP.

A total of 16 caterers will feed the more than 40,000 trade visitors and 100,000 public visitors expected at this year's airshow.

Lavish Dine Catering, Creative Eateries, Orchard Hotel, Marche and Basil Leaf will each run a restaurant, while Resorts World Sentosa will have an outdoor air-conditioned restaurant.

Creative Eateries chief executive Anthony Wong expects to provide about 2 tonnes of food for the airshow.

Besides a 500-seater restaurant, his company will also run a soup and deli counter, and he expects to sell some 3,000 sandwiches each day.

Mr Jeyarajah Ratnasingham, director of franchise support for Marche International, said some staff will be scheduled to work throughout the night to pre-prepare some of the food items daily.

He added that the restaurant will serve its popular items, including traditional Swiss rosti - fried discs of grated potato - as well as pork knuckle, grilled meats and sandwiches.

More than 350 security staff have been assigned to the event, and there will be 30 visitor registration counters.

Some 600 staff have been tasked with operational and logistics management, such as traffic control and ferrying VIPs and special guests to and from the airshow in 380 BMW sedans.

The airshow will take place from Feb 14 to Feb 19. The first four days are for trade visitors, and it will be open to the public on the last two days.

Tickets, which cost $20 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 and below, are available from www.sistic.com.sg and all Sistic outlets. For more information about the show, log on to www.singaporeairshow.com.

 

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