Plane pricey? There's more to buy in Singapore

Fri Feb 5, 2010 11:46am EST
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By Fabian Ng and Mariko Katsumura

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - For those of us who don't have the millions needed to snap up airliners, powerful jet engines or the latest weapon and surveillance systems, the Singapore Airshow also offers eclectic items at bargain prices.

The airshow was the aviation industry's first major meeting of the year after the global economic crisis made for a grim 2009, and it concluded business on Friday with only a few deals and no major sales by aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus.

However, visitors to the event, which is open to the public until Sunday, may fare better, and actually strike a deal.

Here are a few items that could attract the bargain hunters and those seeking something a little different.


Get copy of an autographed poster featuring the "Iceman" and "Raptor." These are the call signs of the Singapore Air Force pilots who headline the daily aerial displays at the Airshow. The pilots are minor celebrities in the city-state, showing their skills at various events. And the best thing - you don't have to pay a single cent.


After walking around the large exhibition center and craning their necks to get the best view of the aerial performance, visitors can grab a digital massage machine from Hubei Hu Die Quan Plastic Products that provides a simulation of an acupuncture experience, amongst other functions, to provide a quick pick-me-up.   Continued...