Airbus’ relationship with Singapore dates back to the company’s origins in the mid-1970s. The Group has since established itself as a major partner for Singapore’s burgeoning aerospace industry.
Success across the board
Growing presence in Singapore
Asia-Pacific is an important strategic region for Airbus – the company has a strong base in 15 countries, with 33 offices and a workforce of 4,800, of which 600 are located in Singapore.
Interview with Pierre Jaffre, Head of Airbus Asia-Pacific
Airbus and Singapore Airlines
Singapore is a key market for Airbus. It is one of the company’s top five markets for civil aircraft with Singapore Airlines, Silkair, Tiger Air and a number of large regional lessors all operating Airbus jetliners, from the A320 Family to the A380.
With 67 A350 XWBs on order, Singapore Airlines is also the launch customer of the Ultra-Long Range A350-900 variant, which it will deploy on non-stop flights to the United States from 2018.
Partnering with the military and the space industry
In the military sector, Airbus Helicopters has supplied over 60 rotorcraft to the Singapore Air Force (SAF), including more than 33 large transport Super Pumas.
Airbus’ success in Singapore also extends to space, where collaboration began with the country’s very first telecommunications satellite launched in 1998.
The Group is also involved in the country’s first Earth observation satellite project, providing space electronics components and testing services.
Servicing the hub
Over 2,800 Airbus aircraft, 1,900 Airbus Helicopters and 139 fixed-wing Airbus Defence and Space military transport aircraft are in service in the Asia-Pacific region
Since the establishment of Airbus’ first liaison office in 1975, the company has developed a wide range of operations in Singapore as the country has grown into a leading aviation hub.
Today, these include the regional headquarters for airline support operations, South East Asia’s largest helicopter sales and maintenance facility, Airbus’ main aircraft spare parts distribution centre for Asia and the Pacific, and state-of the-art flight crew training facilities.
The Group has also entered into global strategic partnerships with ST Engineering to provide passenger-to-freight conversions for Airbus aircraft worldwide. Finally, Airbus Defence and Space subsidiary GEO Intelligence, established in 1992, focuses on satellite imagery distribution throughout Asia as well as satellite ground stations linked to global networks.
High Value Services in Asia-Pacific
High-value services in Singapore
Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC)
AATC offers type rating and recurrent training courses for all in-production Airbus types, and is set to open a new state-of-the-art facility in Seletar in 2016. This will be the fourth Airbus flight training centre in a global network, joining those in Toulouse, Miami and Beijing.
When fully operational, the Singapore centre will feature eight full flight simulators and will be able to offer courses for more than 10,000 trainees per year. AATC is a joint venture between Airbus (55%) and Singapore Airlines (45%).
Airbus Services Asia Pacific (ASAP)
Airbus Services Asia Pacific was incorporated in Singapore in 2013 to manage Airbus’ Customer Support and Customer Service activities for operators in Singapore and South East Asia. Today, some 100 engineers and support staff are employed by ASAP in Singapore.
Among the services managed by ASAP are the increasingly popular Flight Hour Service (FHS) and Tailored Support Package (TSP), which enable airlines to contract all fleet maintenance and technical management support to our specialists.
Singapore is the base for the regional office of NAVBLUE, Airbus' subsidiary that gathers all flight operations and air traffic management product portfolio. Seeking to achieve greater operational efficiency for aircraft operating in increasingly congested skies, the Singapore office is involved in a number of collaborative projects in the region, including with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
Satair Airbus Singapore Centre (SASC)
Our 16,700-square-metre facility in Seletar was officially opened in February 2014. It is the primary spare parts hub for Airbus aircraft with operators in the Asia-Pacific region and provides 24/7 support to airlines and MROs all year round. The centre stocks over 80,000 line items for distribution to operators as and when required. SASC currently employs 140 staff and is a fully integrated subsidiary of Airbus.
Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia (AHSA)
AHSA is the Singapore-based customer centre of Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter). Established in 1977 in Singapore, AHSA - a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters (75%) and ST Aerospace (25%) - is responsible for sales and customer support activities for the entire Airbus Helicopters product line in 15 territories in the region. AHSA was awarded the Regional Headquarters Status by the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore in 2004 and today employs over 300 staff.
Vector Aerospace Asia
Vector Aerospace Asia is a fully authorized Pratt & Whitney Canada Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the PW150A turboprop engine series. The 5,200-square-metre facility was opened in May 2015.
Airbus DS Geo
Established in Singapore in 1992 and previously known as Spot Asia, Geo Intelligence focuses on satellite imagery distribution throughout Asia. Recognised as a world leader in geo-information, the team in Singapore provides access for Asian institutions and partners to the Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites and constellations.
Corporate Office and Finance Hub
Located in the central business district, Airbus Singapore coordinates our overall presence in the country. Also located at the corporate office is the Airbus Finance Hub. Established in 2014, the Finance Hub is responsible for relationships with financiers and banks across the region who are active in the air finance market, as well as for identifying potential investors from Asia.
P2F - in partnership with ST Engineering
ST Engineering is our global partner for passenger-to-freight aircraft (P2F) conversions. The partnership covers the best-selling A320 and A330 Families, with ST Engineering leading the marketing of the conversion programmes worldwide. Actual conversion work is carried out at various facilities of ST Engineering as well as at our jointly owned subsidiary EFW in Germany.
Developing advanced R&T initiatives
Inaugurated in 2006, Airbus Innovations Singapore was the first Group research and technology centre to be located outside Europe
Airbus has long identified Singapore as a strategic partner for advanced R&T initiatives. These include programmes managed by its local innovation cell, as well as collaboration with regional customers such as the ongoing co-innovation project with Singapore Airlines. The projects serve to strengthen Singapore’s position as one of Asia’s centres of excellence in aeronautical research.
Airbus Innovations activities in the country leverages Singapore’s R&T strengths on subjects related to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and energy storage.
These Group's innovation initiatives focuses on developing technologies to help alleviate difficulties associated with MRO operations, including augmented reality, automated non-destructive testing procedures and wearable devices.
Energy storage projects include the design of safer and denser lithium ion batteries using the latest advances in nanotechnology and 3D printing.
Excelling in MRO
Airbus aims to reboot the MRO sector with its Hangar of the Future, aimed at increasing operational efficiency for customers’ aircraft and rotorcraft worldwide.
Innovations made in Singapore: The Hangar of the future
Airbus’ collaboration with Nanyang Technological University
Revenues generated in Singapore through Airbus operations and supply chain have reached almost SGD 1 billion per year (approx. €640 million)
Many of Airbus Innovations’ projects are performed in close cooperation with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore and the Singapore University of Technology & Design.
Projects include an agreement between Airbus Defence and Space and NTU to study high-capacity satellite transmissions. This will create greater growth opportunities for operators through the use of multi-beam and multi-satellite systems.
Partnership with Nanyang Technological University
A*STAR in the making
In 2014, Airbus and Singapore’s Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) entered into an agreement to launch a research programme in the area of big data analytics.
Using the very latest developments, the partnership hopes to offer customers new ways to reduce fuel consumption through speedier, more effective analysis of their operational data.