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Airbus apologises after Chinese visitors allegedly barred from military plane at Singapore Airshow

Airbus apologises after Chinese visitors allegedly barred from military plane at Singapore Airshow

SINGAPORE: Airbus has apologised after some Chinese visitors claimed they were stopped from viewing a German military plane during the Singapore Airshow over the weekend, when the event was open to the public.  In posts that have since gone viral on Chinese social media, some visitors complained on Weibo that they were turned away from an Airbus A400M transport aircraft belonging to the German air force.  They also claimed that Russian visitors were also denied access.  According to Airbus, the A400M is its “most advanced, proven and certified airlifter available”. The aircraft has both tactical airlift – transportation of personnel and goods into theatres of operation – and strategic airlift – transportation of assets like outsized and heavy vehicles or equipment – capabilities.  The European Commission said last month it had put forward several proposals to bolster the European Union’s economic security, including understanding how “advanced technologies can be used to enhance military capacities of actors who may use these against the EU”. One Weibo user wrote on Saturday (Feb 24) that he was turned away after queuing up …

Tibet Airlines finalises orders for 40 C919, 10 ARJ21 jets from China’s COMAC at Singapore Airshow

Tibet Airlines finalises orders for 40 C919, 10 ARJ21 jets from China’s COMAC at Singapore Airshow

COMAC’s C919 is on its first trip outside Chinese territory in Singapore, and the Chinese planemaker is positioning the jet as a viable alternative to the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle jet families, as they struggle to meet demand for new planes, and Boeing grapples with a string of crises. The plane is only certified within China and the first of now four C919s began flying with China Eastern Airlines last year. COMAC has received more than 1,000 C919 orders so far, state media reported last September, mostly from Chinese airlines and lessors. Gao Dongyue, an executive at Tibet Airlines, told Reuters that research to develop the C919 high-altitude variant was ongoing but that they could not yet disclose a timeline for the aircraft. “We have a lot of experience in this area,” he said. “And we’re taking into consideration all possible routes that could be suitable for the plane.” Tibet Airlines mainly flies domestically but also has routes to places such as Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. Source link

First public Singapore Airshow in 4 years promises new stunts by RSAF F-15 fighter jet and Apache helicopter

First public Singapore Airshow in 4 years promises new stunts by RSAF F-15 fighter jet and Apache helicopter

RSAF’s full array of aircraft and ground-based air defence systems will also be on display on the public viewing days of Feb 24 and 25. For the first time, this will include a CH-47F Chinook helicopter. The RSAF started taking delivery of the aircraft to Singapore in 2022, to replace its older Chinooks that have been in service since 1994. Members of the RSAF’s ground crew said they hope Singaporeans will go to the airshow to enjoy and learn from the displays, and maintain confidence in the air force’s capabilities to protect Singapore’s skies. For full-time national serviceman (NSF) Third Sergeant Yap Kah Wei, getting involved in the airshow was an honour and a “once in a lifetime” experience, although working with the RSAF’s assets felt daunting at times. “There’s obviously pressure because it’s a multimillion (dollar) jet and I’m just an NSF,” said the 20-year-old air force technician for the F-15 aerial display team. “But I believe that I’m confident in myself and in my abilities to do my tasks with the training given …

Police investigate 2 events related to Israel-Hamas war, warn against protesting at Singapore Airshow

Police investigate 2 events related to Israel-Hamas war, warn against protesting at Singapore Airshow

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force (SPF) is investigating possible offences at two separate events related to the Israel-Hamas war, including a public gathering along Orchard Road.  Both events took place on Feb 2.  A group of about 70 people had assembled along Orchard Road at about 2pm and marched towards the Istana, carrying umbrellas with watermelon images in support of the Palestinian cause.  They may have committed an offence for organising a public assembly without a permit, said the police in a media release on Tuesday (Feb 13), noting that the Istana is a particularly security-sensitive area designated as a Prohibited Area. “Furthermore, their actions advocate the political causes of other countries and have the potential to stir up tensions and lead to public disorder,” said SPF, adding that several police reports were lodged by members of the public. According to social media posts, participants of the Letters of Palestine event walked from Plaza Singapura to the Istana to deliver letters addressed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.  The second case that police are investigating involves an online video of …