Safran has close partnerships with many local airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Silkair and Tiger Airways, providing maintenance services for its engines, landing gear, avionics systems and other aircraft equipment.
To stay closer to its customers in the Asia-Oceania region, Safran Helicopter Engines, established in Singapore for 25 years, opened a new regional hub in May 2016. With this 3,500-sq.m. facility and state-of-the-art infrastructure, Safran will triple its industrial capacity to better support its helicopter engines in the region, especially for the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
Safran is also involved in several joint ventures with local partners, such as Safran Electronics Asia with SIA Engineering Company(SIAEC), which provides customer support and MRO services for avionics equipment.
Safran is a long-standing partner of the Singapore armed forces. The Singapore navy recently reaffirmed its confidence in the Group's solutions by choosing Safran Electronics & Defense to supply the Gun Fire Control System (GFCS) for eight Littoral Mission Vessels. The navy already has six Formidable-class frigates and four Endurance-class LST amphibious ships equipped with this system.
A strategic regional MRO hub
Safran is recognized across Asia for the excellence of its customer service. These operations are headquartered in Singapore, now the Group's MRO platform for the region. Local carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Dragon Air have chosen Safran to support their aircraft equipment and systems. Safran Landing Systems' Loyang Crescent maintenance facility offers an extensive range of MRO services for landing gear, wheels and brakes for all customers in Southeast Asia. These include China Eastern Airlines, which has chosen Safran for the maintenance of its Airbus A320 and A330 fleets. The new Safran Helicopter Engines maintenance facility, opened in 2016, reflects the growing demand for MRO services in the region. In 2016, Safran also laid the foundations of its Spares project, a global spares storage and distribution network. The Asian branch of this network is located in Singapore. The objective is to deliver any part or component to any of the Group's airline customers, anywhere in the world, within 24 hours.
Support for innovation
Keenly aware of the city-state's industrial potential, Safran is committed to fostering collaborative research and innovation opportunities in Singapore. Safran has been a member of the aerospace consortium of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) since 2010. A*STAR is a group of public-sector laboratories overseen by the Economic Development Board of Singapore. Its mission is to promote technological expertise for the benefit of industry. Safran is involved in various research programs led by the consortium, in such areas as wireless pressure sensors and non-destructive testing technologies.