Postponed edition of Airshow China likely to take place before November 2021

ZHUHAI | The 13th edition of the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) will be held in 2021, organisers say, three months after postponing the event indefinitely.

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Originally scheduled for November 2020, Airshow China was postponed in October due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organisers are now planning on holding the event this year, according to the Chinese state-backed newspaper The Global Times.

Mayor of Zhuhai, Yao Yisheng, announced the plan to host the airshow in 2021 at a government meeting on Tuesday 2nd February, with long-term exhibitors telling The Global Times that the event could take place “some months earlier” than usual.

Typically held biannually, Airshow China is the Chinese aerospace and defence industry’s main showcase event. Recent editions have featured China’s first two fifth-generation fighters, the Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang FC-31, both of which are featured on the 2021 poster, as well as the Y-20 transport plane and formation displays from the Chengdu J-10 and Hongdu JL-8. International participants have included the Airbus A380, Russian Knights, Pakistan Air Force JF-17, Al Fursan, Sukhoi Su-35 and the RAF Red Arrows.