Singapore Airshow sees 13.4 billion dollars in deals: organisers

SINGAPORE, Feb 23, 2008 (AFP) – The Singapore Airshow saw more than 13.4 billion US dollars in sales of aircraft and related equipment this week, thanks to a booming aviation market, organisers have said.

Another 2.6 billion dollars was generated from contracts for facilities and other services, they said in a statement issued late Friday, at the inaugural event.

The small but wealthy city-state decided to host its own airshow after organisers of the Asian Aerospace fair moved the event to Hong Kong after a long presence here.

The biggest deal announced at the airshow was an order for 56 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft worth more than 4.4 billion dollars by Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air.
Indonesian flag-carrier Garuda ordered four Boeing 777-300ERs worth 1.0 billion dollars and business jet operator BJets signed a 600-million-dollar contract for 40 Cessna and Hawker jets.

US-based Boeing’s European rival said it had secured orders for five A330-200F cargo planes from BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing firm fully owned by Bank of China.
The deal is worth a total of 877 million dollars at catalogue prices.

Brazilian aircraft-maker Embraer said US aircraft leasing firm Jetscape Inc