Asian Aerospace, held in Hong Kong in mid-March, saw the number of VIP delegates up more than 130% over the 2009 show and the number of Chinese delegations up over 50%.
Organisers say the overall attendance at Asian Aerospace over three days reached a record high of 12,300 delegates, with a further 5,300 attending Asian Business Aviation.
Orders worth approximately US$10 billion were announced on the first day of the show. Air China led the way by announcing an order for five Boeing 747- 8 Intercontinental airlines within minutes of the show opening, whilst Hainan Airlines Group announced its intention to purchase 32 Boeing 787s and 6 Boeing 777s for it Hong Kong Airlines subsidiary. As a further sign of confidence about Asia’s future, Cathay Pacific Airways placed orders for 25 widebody Airbus and Boeing airliners worth US$6 billion later in the week, following the announcement of a record profit of US$1.8 billion for 2010.
Asian Aerospace, which was previously held in Hong Kong in 2007 and 2009, says the shift of timing of this year’s show to March was widely welcomed by exhibitors, with the weather much more conducive to business and fitting better with the overall show calendar.
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