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Asian carriers lift Singapore Airshow deals to new high

Singapore Airshow organisers on Friday announced a record high of more than $32 billion in deals as Asian carriers ordered more aircraft to meet explosive demand for cheap, short-range travel. European manufacturer Airbus accounted for nearly half of the total, with almost $15 billion worth of orders for its popular A320 single-aisle plane and flagship A380 superjumbo. The total figure beats the previous record of $31 billion set during the 2012 edition of the biennial event, and was more than triple the $10 billion spent in 2010.

Embraer gets $2.94 billion order from India's Air Costa

Indian carrier Air Costa on Thursday ordered 50 E-Jets E2 aircraft from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer worth $2.94 billion, both companies announced. The deal with Air Costa also includes purchase rights for 50 more of the aircraft, they said at the Singapore Airshow. With the orders, Air Costa will become the first customer of the E-Jet E2 in the Indian market when it takes the first delivery in 2018, Embraer, the world's third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, said in a statement.

S. Korean aerobatic team to attend Singapore Airshow

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military aerobatic team will attend Asia's largest air show in Singapore next week with a squadron of eight T-50B trainer jets, the Air Force said Monday. The Black Eagles aerobatic team departed Jeju International Airport on the southern resort island on Saturday to participate in the Singapore Airshow, slated for Feb. 11-16 at the Changi Exhibition Center.

Dubai air show closed due to rain, local flooding

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Dubai Airshow was closed on Thursday after heavy winds and rain hit the region overnight. "The Dubai Airshow is closed today due to severe weather conditions; please do not travel to the show venue," the organizers said on the show's website. Participants who arrived early were evacuated amid flooding of the local roads connecting the air show site and the Dubai city centre, according to one U.S. industry official.

South Carolina July 4 flyover will be a blast from the past

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Some 200 events marking the U.S. July 4 holiday have been affected by government spending cuts, but South Carolina has saved an Independence Day tradition with the help of some vintage World War Two planes.

Ohio air show resumes with moment of silence after deadly stunt

By Kim Palmer Cleveland (Reuters) - An Ohio air show resumed on Sunday with a moment of silence for a pilot and a stunt woman killed during a wing-walking trick a day earlier when their biplane crashed and burst into flames. Organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Dayton honored stuntwoman Jane Wicker and her pilot, Charlie Schwenker, who died when their Boeing Stearman crashed on Saturday while doing aerobatics at the show.

US military may skip Paris air show due to budget cuts

Facing the prospect of dramatic budget cuts, the US military may skip the Paris air show this year for the first time, Air Force officers said Friday. The move is among an array of cost-saving measures the Air Force has drawn up in case Congress fails to clinch a budget deal by March 1. Without an agreement in Congress to avert automatic spending cuts, military funding would be slashed by roughly $50 billion from March to the end of September, when the current fiscal year ends.
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