Airbus’ relationship with Singapore dates back to 1975 when the company established a liaison office in the country. As Singapore developed into one of the world’s leading aviation hubs in the years since, Airbus reinforced its presence in the country with cutting-edge products and services.
Today, all of Airbus’ business lines can be found in the Southeast Asia city-state. In addition, the company has developed a strong local presence primarily focussed around high value services.
The company’s presence in Singapore brings multiple direct benefits to the local economy, with the value of the Airbus sourcing and activities in the country reaching almost SGD 1 billion per year.
All told, Airbus employs more than 700 staff locally, many in highly skilled positions.
As of early 2018, Airbus had sold more than 600 civil passenger aircraft to airlines and leasing companies in Singapore, making the country one of Airbus’ top five markets in the region. Customers include Singapore Airlines and its subsidiaries Scoot and Silkair, as well as leading Asian lessor BOC Aviation. Together they have placed orders across the Airbus commercial aircraft product line, including the flagship A380 double deck jetliner, the popular and versatile A330 widebody, the all-new long-haul A350 XWB and the best-selling single-aisle A320 Family.
Singapore Airlines first became an Airbus customer in May 1979 with an order for the A300B4, the original widebody twinjet aircraft. Since then, the airline has placed orders for more than 140 widebody aircraft from the company. The carrier was the launch customer for the A380 following the aircraft’s entry into service in 2007, and ten years later, Singapore Airlines received the first of its jetliners with an upgraded and improved cabin product that elevates the passenger experience to new heights.
The carrier operates 19 A380s (as of early 2018), with another four on order, on routes to key points in Europe, the US and selected destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Airbus and Singapore have been strategic partners for more than 40 years, and this has been a highly successful relationship. Airbus plans to develop further its presence here in the years to come.