Posted on: 12 February 2016 by Mark Howells
ST Aerospace has opened its new VIP aircraft interiors centre at the Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore, as it seeks to capitalise on customer demand from across Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
The new facility will design, upholster and fabricate cabin interiors, as well as provide maintenance for narrow-body VIP aircraft, including the Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) and Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ), while conceptual design and certification continue to be supported by its San Antonio VIP interiors team.“ST Aerospace’s VIP aircraft interiors centre is an example of how local companies can move up the value chain by diversifying into high value-added design and engineering services,” said Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of Singapore Economic Development Board. “This Centre adds vibrancy to our aerospace ecosystem, and enhances Singapore’s attractiveness as a hub from which premium aftermarket services are offered to the region.”“We see potential in reaching out to customers in this region for VIP aircraft interiors,” said Lim Serh Ghee, president of ST Aerospace. “Besides increasing our geographical footprint to provide convenience to customers in this region, what is also exciting is the amount of skills transfer involved. New skills are imparted from our successful set-up in the US, to ensure we offer the same level of aesthetics, engineering and on-time delivery. Going up the value chain, we believe this new capability in Singapore offers a complete suite of services that cover design, engineering and craftsmanship, enhancing the already strong aviation ecosystem here.”The facility reaffirms ST Aerospace’s investment in the VIP aircraft completion and refurbishment business. So far in 2016, the company has secured five major maintenance and refurbishments contracts – for three Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), one Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) and a Boeing 757, from VIP customers in Asia Pacific and the US. Aircraft arrivals are scheduled through the first three quarters of 2016.These various VIP refurbishment and maintenance contracts include C-level checks, landing gear and auxiliary power unit change, minor interior refurbishments, upgrading of the cabin management system and inflight entertainment system, updating the future air navigation system (FANS) 1/A with ADS-B OUT, improving the Ka Band, upgrading of the transponders for the traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS II version 7.1), and installation of the newly designed tail-mounted Ku/Ka Band radome.