Posted on: 14 February 2012 by Mark Howells
SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have partnered in the opening of Panasonic Avionics Services Singapore (PACSS), a Singapore-based facility for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of IFEC systems and components.
PACSS, a joint venture owned of SIAEC (42.5%) and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (57.5%), was officially opened by Mr Leo Yip, Chairman of the Economic Development Board, and represents Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s first joint venture worldwide.
The partnership combines the expertise of Panasonic Avionics Corporation and SIAEC to provide airlines with fast turnaround IFEC checks during aircraft transits at Changi Airport, as well as repair services for IFEC components. PACSS aims to meet the region’s increasing demand for high reliability IFEC operations, particularly with the rising induction of new-generation aircraft into airline fleets.
“I am delighted that Panasonic Avionics Corporation and SIA Engineering Company have chosen Singapore for their in-flight entertainment and communications systems MRO Centre-of-Excellence in Asia,” declared Mr Yip. “Singapore is committed to growing and deepening our capabilities in avionics. This new centre will further strengthen Singapore’s position as the leading MRO hub in Asia.”
“We are honoured that Panasonic, a global leader in in-flight entertainment systems, has chosen SIAEC as its partner to develop the first IFEC Centre of Excellence in Asia,” remarked Chief Executive Officer of SIAEC, Mr William Tan. “The new facility joins our suite of 15 joint ventures in Singapore, which are forged with leading OEMs. Through these OEM facilities, airlines have direct access to OEM support, spares and proprietary technology. These benefits, integrated seamlessly with the MRO services of SIAEC, offer airlines a one-stop solution to achieve higher operational reliability and faster turnaround at lower cost.”
“We are very excited to announce this new centre of excellence for IFEC repair and maintenance in Singapore,” commented Mr Yasu Enokido, Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Asia is an extremely important market for Panasonic Avionics Corporation, and today we are even better positioned to provide responsive, high quality maintenance services to our customers in this region.”