Home' Asian Aviation : AAV February 2011 Contents Singapore Airlines Engineering Philippines (SIAEP) is investing US$30.3
million to build a widebody hangar at the 2,367-hecatre Clark Civil
Aviation Complex at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).
Construction started at the end of November and is set to be complete
in October 2012, with operations scheduled to begin two months later.
The hangar will be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of
Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft.
The new facility is expected to generate about 300 jobs. SIAEP currently
has a hangar at the airport for maintenance of Airbus A320 family
SIAEP, a joint venture between Singapore Airlines Engineering (SIAEC)
and Philippines-based low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air, started operations
in July 2009. SIAEC holds a 65 percent stake while Cebu Pacific has the
remaining 35 percent.
Plans are afoot to build a third hangar later on, to tap the growing
MRO market. The maintenance hangars at Clark will augment SIAEC's
extensive facilities at Changi Airport, Singapore, providing the company
with increased capacity and a competitive cost structure to help capture
a larger share of international third-party MRO work that is being
placed in Asia because of lower local costs.
SIAEP's aim is to create an MRO Centre of Excellence in the Philippines,
which will eventually create up to 1,100 new high-value added jobs in Clark.
The joint venture is the second of its kind between the two partners.
The first, Aviation Partnership Philippines (APPC), a line-maintenance
operation, was set up in April 2005, with SIAEC holding a 51 percent
stake and Cebu Pacific 49 percent.
APPC provides services at 16 airports across the Philippines. -- William Dennis
SIAEP invests in new hangar
NEWS IN BRIEF
LUFTHANSA TECHNIK is to provide Total Component Support (TCS) services
covering a selected number of components for Air New Zealand, starting
from mid-January. The contract is for components used on the New Zealand
national carrier's Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 aircraft, and marks the first
time that Air New Zealand has used Lufthansa Technik's services. "It is an
exciting time for Air New Zealand with our new Boeing 777-300 aircraft
entering service this month, and we are pleased to have Lufthansa Technik
as one of our key support partners," says Vanessa Stoddart, the airline's
group general manager for technical operations.
SR TECHNICS has signed an agreement with TAG Aviation, a provider of
personalised private aviation services, to enter a long-term partnership in the
fields of maintenance, interior completion, and refurbishment for Boeing
and Airbus business jets. The agreement covers full support maintenance
services, technical consultancy, and aircraft completion services with a focus
on interior design, completion, and refurbishment. All services will be carried
out in Switzerland. André Wall, Chief Operating Officer at SR Technics
says: "We are very pleased to have found such a strong partner to start our
operations in the VIP business. We look forward to supporting the growth
of TAG Aviation as a fully dedicated partner. TAG will benefit from our
excellence in service and quality we provide to our other airline customers."
AIR FRANCE Industries/KLM Engineering and Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M)
and Max Aerospace, a major player in the Indian maintenance, repair and
overhaul (MRO) market, have signed a strategic partnership agreement.
As part of its efforts to develop a global MRO network, the Franco-Dutch
group thus becomes the first global MRO to offer a significant component
repair capability on the doorstep of its customers in the Indian sub-
continent. AFI KLM E&M is developing its strategy of creating a local/global
MRO network based on its French and Dutch centres of excellence. With its
plans for a joint Indian facility with Max Aerospace, AFI KLM E&M says it has
positioned itself at the heart of an emerging market "that is already sizable
and promising". Airlines in the Indian sub-continent will benefit from the
tailored support of a local player combined with the muscle of a global MRO
sector leader AFI KLM says.
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