The vibrant aerospace sector here in Singapore is perhaps best illustrated by the activities of Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aerospace, Booth G01/L01). Last week, the company celebrated a $20 million revamp and expansion of its original home at Seletar with an official opening.
Cirrus Aircraft (Booth A05) is here exhibiting an SR22T light piston single, hoping to lure local high net-worth individuals with a new-generation light aircraft and accompanying services. Cirrus Malaysia Singapore, the dealer Cirrus Aircraft has appointed for these countries, is just starting to sell SR20s and SR22s. Under the Wings Over Asia organization, it is to offer a service center at Seletar Airport.
Growth is the word in the Asia-Pacific region, and since 2010 Jet Aviation Singapore has more than doubled the number of skilled workers it employs; three-quarters of the new employees are local hires. To meet growing demand for business aviation services in the region, Jet Aviation Singapore has raised its employee headcount to 123 from 59 in 2010 and plans to hire 13 more aviation professionals this year.
Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS), a Chinese composite materials specialist headquartered at Bao’An International Airport in Shenzhen in southern China, is expanding its maintenance, repair and overhaul capacity. LTS is tripling its workshop and warehouse capacity to nearly 269,000 sq ft and strengthening its presence in the areas of component supply, logistics services and airline support teams for engine services across China and Asia.
Cadorath Aerospace has entered into a partnership with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Jaguar Aviation to provide repair, modification and overhaul services of aeronautical products to Latin American customers. Cadorath will work on Rolls-Royce 250 and T56, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell T53 engines and Bell and Sikorsky helicopters.
EASA has given FL Technics Jets of Vilnius, Lithuania, a certificate of approval to provide line and base maintenance services for the Bombardier CL-600-2B19 series (CRJ100/200/440 and the CRJ200-derived Challenger 850). In early 2012, FL Technics Jets became the first authorized Hawker Beechcraft service center in Eastern Europe. Soon afterwards the company became the first authorized service center for Tronair ground support equipment in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS.
Leasing groups Amadeo and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) yesterday pushed the airliner orders tally for the 2014 Singapore Airshow close to $30 billion, with separate deals for up 60 new aircraft. Amadeo, which up until Monday this week was known as Doric Lease Corp., firmed up an order for 20 Airbus A380s that had been the subject of a memorandum of understanding signed at the last Paris Air Show in June 2013. Meanwhile DAE inked a $1 billion contract with ATR for up to 40 ATR 72-600s turboprops.
CFM International is confident Comac’s C919 program is progressing on a sound basis, but the engine manufacturer does have contingency plans for the Leap-1C turbofan it has designed for the narrowbody to mitigate program risks in case further delays arise.
Mitsubishi Aircraft executives here at the Singapore Airshow yesterday insisted that the four-times-delayed MRJ program has found its stride, notwithstanding recent concerns expressed by its largest customer, SkyWest of the U.S. During a program update at the Singapore Airshow, Mitsubishi Aircraft (Booth V87) director and head of sales Yugo Fukuhara reported that airframe manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will join the wings to the now mostly assembled first fuselage in April, followed by the tail “in a few months.”
PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI, Indonesian Aerospace) expects to fly its N219 twin-turboprop transport next year. The aircraft has been under development for some time to answer a need for a rugged STOL airliner able to operate in and out of remote, semi-prepared airstrips. At the same time, the N219 is intended to provide cost-efficient and reliable operations through the use of modern avionics and engines.