$9 million facility opens in Changi North to service Safran aircraft engines and will create 100 jobs

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SINGAPORE – SIA Engineering on Friday (February 18th) opened a new $9 million plant in Changi North to provide basic maintenance services for aircraft engines from the French company Safran.

The 20,935 square foot space will handle approximately 60 CFM LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines each year and has the capacity to handle an increase of up to 50% during peak periods.

He anticipates growing demand for the relatively new next-generation CFM LEAP engines that are used in Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX narrowbody aircraft.

As of December last year, 3,971 of these engines were in service, with more than 19,000 orders pending.

The new facility boosts Singapore’s capabilities as a maintenance, repair and overhaul center, and Mr. Ng Chin Hwee, Managing Director of SIA Engineering, said the company hopes to expand its services to more engines.

“The opening of this facility is significant as an expression of our confidence in the recovery of the aviation and aerospace industries in Singapore and this region,” he said.

“This aero engine service facility is one of the first engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in the region to provide enhanced engine maintenance services for these next-generation engines.

“It provides SIA Engineering Company with the additional capability and capacity to meet the expected increase in demand for rapid maintenance and shorter engine turnarounds.”

He declined to say how much the deal with Safran is worth, due to commercial sensitivities.

The facility had already been planned before the pandemic in 2019, but its opening has been delayed so far, coinciding with the ongoing Singapore Airshow where more than 600 companies gathered at the Changi Exhibition Center to discuss the way forward. to follow for the industry.

The services provided are intended for rapid turnaround, or quick turnaround in industry parlance, so that the engines can be put back into the planes as soon as possible. These include disassembly, assembly and some routine inspections, which together would take about 30 days.

Parts that require more complicated repairs will need to be sent to a workshop in Chengdu, China, and would lengthen the process.

SIA Engineering’s pre-flight engine test facilities are expected to be available by the third quarter.

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