Singapore, 11 February 2016 – ST Aerospace’s VIP aircraft interiors business gains traction in 2016 by securing 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 (faster connectivity and wider bandwidth), 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.
“We notice a rising trend of aircraft operators requesting for VIP aircraft cabin interior refresh to be performed concurrently with heavy maintenance. The breadth of our VIP completions and maintenance capabilities allows us to provide a complete experience for our customers,” said Mr Ang Chye Kiat, Executive Vice President, Aircraft Maintenance and Modification of ST Aerospace. “While we already offer a one-stop-shop, ST Aerospace continues to enhance our in-house capabilities, as evidenced by the recent addition of a brand new VIP aircraft interiors centre in Singapore and the expansion of our back-shop support in the US. We are confident that these investments would bolster our efforts to deliver world-class quality in aircraft interiors.”
ST Aerospace entered into the VIP aircraft completion and refurbishment business through its US affiliate, VT San Antonio Aerospace in 2011, branding it ‘AERIA Luxury Interiors’.
Based in San Antonio, the birthplace of large aircraft VIP completions with roots from the 1980s, the business specialises in the completions and refurbishment of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with access to the skilled craftsmen and highly trained engineering talent pool in the region. On the back of the successful build-up in San Antonio, which includes the redelivery of its first green BBJ, the appointment as an ACJ service centre and an approved BBJ completion centre, ST Aerospace expanded its VIP aircraft interiors offering with the establishment of VIP Aircraft Interiors Centre in Singapore in February 2016.
ST Aerospace (Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd) is the aerospace arm of ST Engineering with a revenue of $2.07b in FY2014. Operating a global MRO network with facilities and affiliates in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, it is the world's largest commercial airframe MRO provider with a global customer base that includes leading airlines, airfreight and military operators. ST Aerospace is an integrated service provider that offers a spectrum of maintenance and engineering services that include airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; and aviation materials and asset management services, including Total Aviation Support. ST Aerospace has a global staff strength of around 8,000 employees worldwide. Please visit www.staero.aero.
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