Airbus and Satair combine their resources for global aircraft support

14 February 2014 Feature story

This week’s opening of a new dedicated parts support and distribution facility in Singapore is a major milestone for the Satair Group – a common organisation officially launched in January that combines the resources of Airbus’ former Material and Logistics Management operation and Satair, which is a world leader in the sales and distribution of spares for aircraft maintenance.

Under the new setup, the Satair Group offers a common business culture, processes and information technology systems, while benefitting from its two parent companies’ resources in supporting the global Airbus fleet.

“We have combined two strong organisations into one strong new company, operating as a stand-alone subsidiary of Airbus, representing an organisation of more than 1,000 people to support the aftermarket with over $1 billion in sales,” said Satair Group CEO Mikkel Bardram.  “The Satair Group covers the world’s major regions, using facilities of Satair and Airbus in Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Miami for the U.S.; split headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and Hamburg, Germany; London for the U.K.; Dubai for the Middle East; along with Beijing – and now Singapore – for Asia/Pacific coverage.”

Tom Williams, the Airbus Executive Vice President – Programmes, underscored the importance of support services for Airbus operators, noting the new Satair Group features the latest in storage and tracking systems – as well as specialised repair facilities for high-value items such as avionics.

“While this may not be the most glamorous part of our business, spare parts distribution and management plays a fundamental role in our day-to-day business, enabling us to provide the best possible service to our customers," he explained.  “And Singapore is the perfect location for such an operation, with its geographic position enabling timely trans-shipment of parts not only to operators across Asia but also to Australia and New Zealand.”

The Satair Group’s new facility is located in Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park, which was created in 2007 to further enhance the country’s position as a leading aerospace hub in Asia.

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