Ametek Bolsters A350 Services At Singapore Facility
Ametek’s Singapore business has grown repair capabilities for the Airbus A350 by extending the number of airworthiness approvals it holds in the Asia-Pacific region.
Under the expanded services, its facility in Singapore will begin offering repairs for cargo and galley heaters for the widebody through its sister company Ametek Airtechnology Group.
“The A350 has a range of around 15,000 km so it is hardly surprising that operators are choosing this aircraft to service their long-haul routes,” says Dave Corish, divisional vice president and general manager of Ametek Singapore in a statement released Monday (Jan. 18). “As such, it is crucial to be able to provide comprehensive maintenance solutions, particularly in regions such as Asia-Pacific, where European- and U.S.-based MROs are not viable repair options from a logistics point of view.”
The move to grow these services marks a continuation of Ametek’s strategy to support the broader region and large markets, including China and Japan. Ametek says it is meeting demand from a broad spectrum of commercial operators, including legacy carriers, low-cost airlines and regional operators, along with business jets and military opportunities.
Corish adds that the COVID-19 pandemic and the way it has reshaped the MRO market has led to changes in the company’s strategy. “We will be influenced by fleet retirements, airline restructuring and airline purchasing strategies,” he says.
Corish also points toward OEMs increasingly partnering with third-party repair specialists on relatively newer platforms like the A350 and its Boeing 787 competitor. “These OEMs will be interested in partnering on product repair and licensing agreements, especially for more mature product lines,” he says.