Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) secured new contracts worth about S$650m in the second quarter of 2017 for services ranging from heavy airframe and engine maintenance, component repair and overhaul to freighter conversion.
The heavy airframe maintenance contracts include a long-term agreement, announced in June, that ST Aerospace’s US affiliate company, VT San Antonio Aerospace (VT SAA), secured from Air Canada to service the airline’s flagship 787 Dreamliner fleet. With the first Air Canada 787 successfully redelivered after it underwent C1-checks at VT SAA’s facility in San Antonio, US, in May, ST Aerospace became the first MRO service provider in the Americas to perform heavy maintenance on the 787.
Among the other heavy maintenance contracts clinched during the quarter were agreements to service CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines for a European and Middle Eastern Airline respectively, as well as agreements to service the 747 and 767 aircraft for American airlines. Other long-term contracts won during the quarter included an agreement for a labour Charge-Per-Aircraft-Landing programme to service the wheels and brakes of a low-cost carrier’s Airbus A320 fleet.
ST Aerospace gained momentum in its A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion programme during the quarter when its joint venture with Airbus, Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), secured additional four firm and 10 optional A330-300P2F conversions from DHL Express. This agreement, also announced in June, follows the launch contract for four similar A330-300P2F conversions that was also awarded by DHL Express in July last year. The first aircraft under the launch contract is currently undergoing conversion at EFW’s Dresden, Germany-based facilities, and is on track to be redelivered by the end of 2017.
Re-deliveries and capabilities development
The aerospace sector redelivered a total of 862 aircraft for airframe maintenance and modification work in Q2 of 2017. Additionally, a total of 11,035 components, 48 landing gears and 33 engines were processed, while 2,613 engine washes were conducted.
ST Aerospace continued to build its capacity during the quarter. EFW added a new single-bay wide-body hangar in Dresden, Germany that allows it to take on an expanding A330-300 P2F conversion programme for DHL Express. Over in the US, ST Aerospace’s VIP Completion Brand, AERIA Luxury Interiors, completed an expansion of its facilities with a new cabinet and upholstery shop as well as a new design showroom that showcases its wide array of solutions in VIP completion.
As for new capabilities, ST Aerospace made further progress in developing its aircraft seats business when it received European Aviation Safety Agency’s Alternative Procedures to Design Organisation Approval for European Technical Standards Order (ESTO) Authorisation, demonstrating its capability to design aircraft articles that can meet ESTO’s requirements.