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Airbus Joins Singapore Airlines’ A380 Retrofit Program

European aircraft maker's Services By Airbus division will assist work on 14 of the superjumbos.

Airbus will provide service bulletin and cabin parts-kit delivery services on Singapore Airlines’ program to retrofit 14 of its Airbus A380 aircraft.

The work on the in-service superjumbos will be conducted by the aircraft manufacturer’s Services By Airbus division at the SIA Engineering Company facility in Singapore.

Along with the service bulletin and parts support, Airbus’ role in the program will also extend to sharing its design knowledge and engineering expertise on the aircraft to integrate SIA’s cabin fittings.

It was confirmed by both parties that the retrofit program is expected to begin in late 2018, with all 14 aircraft earmarked for a 2020 completion date.

Singapore Airlines announced the new A380 cabin interior products earlier this month following a development period of four years.

Along with the in-service fleet, Singapore Airline said the new products will also be installed on five new A380s anticipated to enter its fleet. The first of the five is expected to enter service by the end of the year.

Laurent Martinez, head of services by Airbus, believes the Singapore Airlines agreement is a good endorsement of the OEM’s aftermarket services unit.

“Singapore Airlines’ trust in our retrofit competencies is a positive sign for the development of our services business, in particular in the fast growing Asia-Pacific region,” Martinez said.

Like its aircraft manufacturing rival Boeing, Airbus has looked to step up its share of the global aftermarket.

In its Global Market Forecast published earlier this year, it predicted that the commercial aircraft upgrades market will be worth $180 billion over the next 20 years while estimating 38% of demand will emanate from the Asia-Pacific region.

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