THE inaugural Selangor Aviation Show (SAS 2021) from Nov 25-27 will focus on re-energising the business and general aviation sector following the impact suffered by the industry throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hosted by the Selangor government and organised by Invest Selangor Bhd, the aviation show will take place at the SkyPark Regional Aviation Centre in Subang and is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors.
Some 43 local and international companies from the aerospace and aviation industry will participate in the event, either on the tarmac or at exhibition booths at the venue.
“After several delays in fixing the event dates, we decided earlier this year that we need to proceed with the event to assist the industry after the devastation caused by the pandemic,” said Selangor Investment, Industry and Trade, Small and Medium Industries Committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim during the launch.
“SAS 2021 will focus mainly on the business and general aviation community in and out of Subang Airport. We announced a target of about 30 exhibitors in March this year and we are happy to reveal that we have exceeded that target for this year’s edition.”
Teng said that the event will be the culmination of the work done by Invest Selangor over the past several years stemming from the formation of the Selangor Darul Ehsan Aerospace Industry Coordination Office division, formed under the recommendation of the Selangor Aerospace Action Plan 2020-2030.
“SAS 2021 will be open to industry professionals and trade visitors for the first two days and to the public on the third day, especially to tertiary students to inspire them to consider the aerospace industry as their calling for a career when their time comes.”
Some hangars and apron space will be used for the exhibitions and other parallel activities, including the static aircraft displays at the venue.
“Despite the interest from both the industry and the public, we are only targeting around 5,000 visitors for this inaugural show in light of the current pandemic situation to maintain proper SOPs and enhanced social distancing,” Teng added.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that while expectations are for the aerospace industry to start recovering from 2022 onwards and potentially reach pre-pandemic levels of travel and activity by 2024, the state government believes that efforts should start now.
“Across the world, we saw many airlines collapsing during the pandemic, with the exception of cargo carriers. Air traffic for travellers has reduced tremendously, and it will take years for the sector to recover.
“However, business and general aviation has proven to be more resilient as the rate of decline was lower than commercial airlines and the recovery was much quicker and more sustainable.
“Over the years, Selangor has emphasised on developing the aerospace ecosystem by promoting investments in industry sub-sectors such as airlines, airports, aerospace infrastructure and manufacturing activities.
“Going forward, Selangor is seeing a significant potential for accelerated growth in a lesser noticed sub-sector of the industry, that of the business and general aviation sub-sector.”
Amirudin urged the business and general aviation industry players to work closely with the state government.
“Put aside the uncertainties and pessimisms and use the opportunity that SAS 2021 presents as a ‘reset button’ for the industry as we start to emerge from the pandemic,” he said.
Two major international original business aviation equipment manufacturers, namely Dassault Aviation and Embraer, will be participating in Selangor’s maiden air show and will be bringing their aircrafts for display at SAS 2021.
The event is supported by its strategic partner the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and its agencies, National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO) and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).
The Selangor Aviation Show (SAS 2021) will be open to the public on Nov 27 (Saturday). Visitors must register and schedule their visits accordingly for the organiser to monitor the crowd. Those interested in attending the show can visit www.selangoraviationshow.com for details.