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.
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.
One of the bases of Airbus' 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 customers.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Inaugurated in 2006, Airbus Innovations Singapore was the first research and technology centre of the company outside Europe. This operation leverages Singapore’s R&T strengths on subjects related to maintenance, repair and overhaul, energy storage and security. In this line, Airbus, AGI, A*Star and Polytech are working in collaboration on “The Hangar of the Future”: disruptive technologies to enhance the performance of MRO.
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.
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.