Airbus in Singapore There from the start

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

Pierre Jaffre, Head of Airbus Group Asia-Pacific, gives an overview of the Group´s presence in the region, the business achievements and the opportunities ahead.

Airbus and Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines was the A380 launch customer and has 24 orders of the aircraft

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

The Airbus Helicopters H215 Super Puma can carry up to 19 passengers

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.

In addition, Airbus Defence and Space won an SAF order in 2014 for the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport to conduct air-to-air refuelling as well as civil transport and relief missions.

Airbus Defence and Space Earth observation satellites accumulate more than 300 years of in-orbit operation

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

One of the bases of Airbus Group’s success in Singapore is its high value services focused on regional customer support, maintenance and training operations. The wide range of operations in Singapore include the regional headquarters for our airline cus

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

The Hangar of the future brings together the most disruptive technologies developed by Airbus in the frame of digitalisation of the factory to enhance the performance of MRO activities.

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

The Economic Development Board - Industrial Postgraduate Programme (EDB-IPP) is a scheme by the Singapore government which funds 100% the PhD course fees of PhD students. Thanks to this programme, Ernest Tan, student at Nanyang Technological University, is doing his PhD at Airbus Group Innovations.

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.