Airbus has been successful in Singapore in every area of its business including commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopters. In addition, the company has developed a strong local presence primarily focussed around high-value services.
Airbus Singapore Campus is the regional hub for its commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopter businesses. Located at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park, the new campus covers an area of 51,000 square metres. It is an extension of an existing site, housing the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC), a joint venture between Airbus and Singapore Airlines, and the company’s Asia-Pacific spare parts distribution facility, operated by Airbus subsidiary Satair.
Today, Airbus employs around 800 people in Singapore. It also is home to a Skywise team and Airbus Leadership University.
To date, Airbus has sold more than 640 civil passenger aircraft to airlines and leasing companies in Singapore, making the country one of the top five markets in the region for the European manufacturer. Customers include Singapore Airlines (SIA), Scoot and Silkair, as well as leading lessor BOC Aviation.
Together, they have placed orders across the Airbus commercial aircraft product line including the best-selling single-aisle A320 Family, the popular and versatile A330 widebody, the new long-haul A350 XWB and the A380.
Singapore Airlines first became an Airbus customer in May 1979 with an order for the A300B4, the original widebody twinjet aircraft. As of October 2020, the airline has placed orders for 144 widebody aircraft from the company.
The carrier was the launch customer for the A380 following the aircraft’s entry into service in 2007. Deliveries of its latest batch of A380s began in December 2017, with Singapore Airlines launching its latest cabin products on these aircraft. SIA had 19 A380s in its fleet as of October 2020.
In 2014, Singapore ordered the new-generation A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to enhance its air-to-air refuelling capabilities, undertake passenger and cargo transport missions, and support international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. The first aircraft was delivered to the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) in 2018, and made its public debut at the service’s RSAF50 parade in September that year.