ST Aerospace today broke ground to add a narrow-body aircraft hangar at its Changi facility in Singapore. The total investment in the hangar and associated equipment amounts to $11m. The new hangar is expected to be operational by the end of third quarter 2013.
With the new hangar, ST Aerospace will extend its suite of services to support a host of wide-body and narrow-body aircraft at Changi Airport. At over 3,600 sqm, the new hangar will be able to accommodate two narrow-body aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, contributing an additional 200,000 man-hours annually.
The capacity expansion is in response to robust demand for ST Aerospace’s line and base maintenance services at Changi, especially from the growing fleet of low-cost carriers which typically operate narrow-body aircraft.
“Changi Airport is an important air hub with excellent connectivity. Our new hangar in Changi will enable us to offer better support to our key customers who operate in Changi Airport. It will also provide us with additional capacity for growth, riding on the back of strong air traffic growth in the Asia Pacific region and the rising trend of maintenance outsourcing. ST Aerospace remains focused in bringing our suite of value-added services to more customer,” said Chang Cheow Teck, President, ST Aerospace.
Apart from Changi, ST Aerospace operates two other airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Singapore which are located in Seletar Aerospace Park and Paya Lebar. In February this year, it commenced construction to expand its Seletar facility. The additions in Seletar include a new purpose-built General Aviation aircraft hangar, simulator centre for pilot training, centre for aviation technical training and VIP facility for air charter customers. The Seletar construction is expected to complete in the first half of 2013.
When the additions in Seletar and Changi are both ready, ST Aerospace’s global commercial airframe capacity will stand at 30 wide-body aircraft, 33 narrow-body aircraft and 24 general aviation aircraft.