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Singapore Show Report
Airbus teams with ST Aerospace, EFW on A330 conversions
Liebherr wins C919 work from Comac
SpiceJet chooses SR Technics for CFM56 engine MRO
Colin Baker reviews the key deals announced at the Singapore Airshow.
Airbus, ST Aerospace and Dresden, Germany-
based EADS EFW signed a Memorandum of
Understanding covering a strategic partnership
to develop an A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F)
ST Aerospace already has a long-standing
conversion programme for the Boeing 757.
According to Chang Cheow Teck, president
of Singapore company: "Aircra conversion is
one of the most complex modi cations, which
demands precision and engineering finesse.
We are thrilled to partner industry experts
Airbus and EADS EFW for this new A330P2F
"We are looking for ward to leveraging our
engineering design experience, to provide value
added solutions to the aircraft operators," he
Andreas Sperl, president and chief executive
officer of EADS EFW says: "The strategic
partnership with ST Aerospace is the right
step at the right time. Together with Airbus,
we will develop an outstanding A330 freighter
conversion, which will add another chapter to
our successful Airbus P2F programme."
Airbus President and Chief Executive O cer
Tom Enders says the partnership is a logical next
step for the manufacturer.
"Alongside our highly efficient A330-200F
factory-built freighter, Airbus has always been
committed to extending its freighter portfolio,
and the A330P2F is the perfect next step to
building the Airbus Freighter Family," Enders
says. "Working with our industry leading
partners ST Aerospace and EADS EFW is a great
opportunity in providing the best P2F economics
and performance for freight operators."
Commercial Aircra Corporation of China (Comac)
and Liebherr-Aerospace signed a contract at the show
for the C919 aircra programme, covering production
of the jetliner s landing gear and integrated air-
management system. e agreement follows on from
a similar deal for the ARJ21 regional jet.
e landing gear system is to be developed, supplied
and serviced by Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg.
e system includes the main and nose landing gear,
extension and retraction system, nose-wheel steering
system as well as the position and warning system.
Liebherr-Aerospace has entered into a joint venture
with Aviation Industry Corporation of China
(AVIC) partner company Landing-Gear Advanced
Manufacturing of Changsha, Hunan province, to
develop and produce this system.
The integrated air-management system of the
C919 will be developed, supplied and serviced by
Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse. e contract includes
the bleed-air, air conditioning , air distribution,
cabin-pressure control, wing anti-ice and avionics-
ventilation systems. ere will be only two centralised
controllers that manage all air-related functionalities.
Liebherr has also set up a partnership with Nanjing
Engineering Institute of Aircra Systems (NEIAS),
covering the development and manufacture of
some of the air-management system s components.
e Institute has been selected by Liebherr as a key
partner, in order to set up a work-share model suitable
for future programmes.
SR Technics has signed a ten-year deal with fast-
growing Spicejet to be the exclusive maintenance
provider on the carrier s CFM International CFM56-
7B engines for the Indian airline s Boeing 737-800
e deal is worth up to US$415 million. " is is
a very signi cant deal for the Mubadala network,"
says James Stewart, recently appointed group chief
executive o cer of Mubadala Aerospace.
All the work will be carried out SR Technics
facilities in Zurich. SR Technics and Abu Dhabi-
based ADAT are both part of Mubadala Aerospace s
maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) Network
-- also based in Abu Dhabi. "This is another
demonstration of the global network of our business,"
Neil Mills, chief executive officer of Spicejet,
says: " is is a hugely important deal for us. In this
industry there are a lot of uncertainties. e certainty
from this deal will help us going for ward."
Mills adds that the Indian carrier selected SR
Technics on a combination of reliability and price.
e rst engine was already in the workshop at the
time of the Singapore show.
e deal will cover more than 60 engines, since the
carrier already has 33 aircra in its eet. However,
Mills says that the final number could be many
more -- the carrier has a exible eet expansion plan,
but grew by 50 percent last year against an Indian
industry average growth rate of 17 percent.
Meggitt Aerospace Asia Pacific has
signed a lease agreement with Seletar
Aerospace Park developer JTC Corp for
a 2,000 square-metre (21,500 square-
foot) unit in the park s Component
Manufacturing and MRO Facility
e move from the company s current
Singapore location at Loyang Way to the
new site will take place by June 2012. e
new facility will support and provide
aftermarket ser vices for an extended
range of Meggitt products
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