Aerobatics are set to blaze the Singapore skies this week as exhibitors, tradesmen and the public gear themselves up for what promises to be an exciting Singapore Airshow 2008.
The Singapore Airshow, billed as the world's third largest in size after Paris and Farnborough, but smaller than others such as Dubai in terms of orders, is seen as an opportunity for planemakers to access the fast-growing Asia-Pacific aviation industry.
Key players in the aerospace industry gather at airshows like this, to network and announce major deals, which have been negotiated many months beforehand. Eyes are on whether airlines such as Malaysia's AirAsia X and Thai Airways will pick the Airbus A350 or Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.
In January, Boeing announced a second delay in its top-selling 787, pushing first deliveries out until early 2009. Airlines have so far ordered 857 of the planes, worth $140 billion at list prices, and some are seeking compensation for the postponement.