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Airbus picks Singapore for Asia sustainable aviation hub
Hub will focus on technology, research and innovation for decarbonization of aerospace sector
Tom King 20 Feb 2024

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to initiate a sustainable aviation hub (SAH) in the city-state, with a specific focus on technology, research, innovation and finding solutions for low-carbon aviation.

Under the terms of the agreement, both parties will enter into discussions to facilitate Airbus’ establishment of the SAH, which will bring together aerospace professionals, researchers, and innovators to create a collaborative environment that promotes research and development aimed at building a robust and environmentally sustainable aviation ecosystem.

“Singapore is home to Airbus’ Asia-Pacific headquarters, given its strategic location, pro-innovation policies, highly skilled workforce and strong research capabilities. It therefore is an ideal choice to spearhead such an initiative here. This project aligns with the Airbus commitment to lead the decarbonization of the aerospace sector,” says Airbus chief technology officer Sabine Klauke.

The SAH will focus on the following key areas of development:

Decarbonizing Aviation. To support the global transition towards decarbonized aviation, the hub will focus on research and analysis of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply chain and hydrogen-based technologies.

Maintenance, services, and operations. The hub will focus on advancing maintenance, services and operations within the aerospace industry, leveraging cutting-edge technologies and best practices.

Air traffic management and unmanned air traffic management. The hub will work on projects aimed at modernizing and improving air traffic management systems, as well as the emerging field of unmanned air traffic management.

Jacqueline Poh, EDB’s managing director, says: “Making aviation greener is an important component in decarbonizing our planet. Singapore is partnering with leading aerospace companies to drive technology, research and innovation, and talent development to support the sustainable growth of the aviation industry.”

The SAH will be hosted within Airbus’ Singapore Campus in Seletar Aerospace Park.

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