ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior.

ST Engineering receives approval for ACA’s cabin air purification solution on Airbus platforms

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ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior.

ST Engineering’s commercial aerospace business has received the Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install Aviation Clean Air (ACA)’s cabin air purification solution on Airbus platforms.

The certification allows ST Engineering to install the patented Needlepoint Bipolar Ionisation (NPBI) System that neutralises pathogens and purifies air in cabin interiors during flight operations on commercial and VIP-configured Airbus A320/A321 aircraft.

“With more borders opening up, we want to help boost passenger safety and confidence, and enhance passenger comfort with innovative cabin interior sanitisation solutions. By combining our MRO and engineering expertise with ACA’s patented purification system, we aim to provide this proven and low-maintenance solution to support the return to flying,” said Tan Yen Ping, Vice President and Head, Cabin Interior and Engineering Solutions, ST Engineering.

ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior. The system is able to stop the spread of up to 99.9% of airborne and surface pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The NPBI process can also remove odours, dust and pollen; prevent mould, neutralise common industrial gases and reduce static electricity.

The system is automatically activated during flights to provide constant decontamination of the aircraft interior without using or introducing chemicals.

ST Engineering has appointed Tan Lee Chew as President Commercia

ST Engineering appoints senior position

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ST Engineering has appointed Tan Lee Chew as President Commercia

ST Engineering has appointed Tan Lee Chew as President Commercial and also as a member of the Group Executive Committee, effective 1 September 2021. Lee Chew joins from Amazon Web Services where she was the Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector (ASEAN) responsible for leading new business growth through the adoption of AWS services as an enabler to deliver technology transformation at scale for organisations.

Reporting to Group President & CEO Vincent Chong, Lee Chew will oversee and drive growth for the Commercial cluster, which comprises three business areas: Commercial Aerospace, Urban Solutions and Satellite Communications, and accounts for close to 50% of Group revenue as of 30 June 2021.

The appointment sees Lim Serh Ghee relinquish his role as Chief Commercial Officer. He will remain as Group Chief Operating Officer (Operations Excellence), and also a member of the Group Executive Committee, until his planned retirement on 30 October 2021.

“We would like to thank Serh Ghee for his outstanding service and significant contributions during his 37 years with the Group and wish him every success in his future endeavours,” said Vincent. “The appointment of Lee Chew will strengthen our management team to drive further global success. Lee Chew brings with her significant global experience having spent 30 years in multinational companies in the technology sector, holding senior positions including roles with regional and global responsibilities in sales and marketing, and business transformation.”

Lee Chew joins a senior leadership team recently enhanced with the addition of Cheryl Chan as Group Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer effective 1 September; Low Ka Hoe as President, Satellite Communications effective 1 September, having previously been Group Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, and Lim Kok Ann as President, Land Systems effective 1 July, having been recently Deputy Head of Land Systems.

BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, have announced an order volume for Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) including options.

BBAM commits to Airbus A320/A321P2F conversion programme

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BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, have announced an order volume for Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) including options.

BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, have announced an order volume for Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) including options.

The new orders by BBAM bring the total number of its A320/A321P2F to no less than 20, with the conversions to be carried out by EFW through 2025. The agreement comes with the option to add new conversion slots every year starting in 2026.

“With this latest order, BBAM is now the largest aircraft lessor for the A320/A321P2F programme, and one of the top P2F customers of EFW,” said Andreas Sperl, Chief Executive Officer of EFW. “The order volume by BBAM translates into a full conversion line with a minimum of five slots per year, with many of the conversions to be carried out at the airframe facility of our parent company, ST Engineering, in the US. When combined with top-notch conversion standards, our A321P2F solution offers unique benefits for air freight activities, including best-in-class economics, reduced noise, lower carbon footprint, real-time health monitoring and the highest level in reliability.”

“Our commitment to the P2F programme demonstrates our confidence in the ability of EFW and ST Engineering to deliver long-term value enhancement for the A320s and A321s in our fleet,” said Steve Zissis, President and Chief Executive Officer of BBAM. “We have committed to the A320/A321P2F programme well into the future – beyond 2026 – because we see it as a greener and highly innovative solution for our airline customers, and an excellent way to drive value for our investors.”

In January this year, BBAM announced the delivery of the world’s first Airbus A321P2F on lease to Titan Airways.

The Airbus A320/A321P2F is the first in its size category to offer containerised loading in both the main deck (up to 14 full container positions) and lower deck (up to 10 container positions). EFW’s A320/A321P2F solution, which comes with optimised weight distribution to enable random loading even on empty flights, as well as a payload-range capability of more than 28 metric tons, accords high flexibility for operators, in particular express carriers.

OneWeb and Satifxt are partnering to develop a n new IFC terminal

OneWeb and SatixFy to develop in-flight connectivity terminal

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OneWeb has signalled its commitment to aviation with news it will develop a new in-flight connectivity terminal.

Partnering with SatixFy UK, the terminal will work over the OneWeb network as well as on Geostationary (GEO) satellite networks. The product is based on SatixFy’s Electronically Steered Multibeam Antenna (ESMA) technology, developed together with JetTalk, a joint venture with Singapore Technology Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering).

SatixFy, has recently completed the development of Tx tile of 576 elements and Rx tile of 1024 elements, that can be used as building blocks for the planned terminal. The tiles, which have been co-developed together with JetTalk, have completed initial testing and are currently being implemented inside a terminal product. The OneWeb IFC terminal will integrate the OneWeb modem as well as a GEO network one, inside the terminal.

Ben Griffin, VP Mobility at OneWeb, said: “OneWeb is creating IFC solutions which offer a significant increase in the whole passenger travelling experience. This agreement with SatixFy represents a major milestone for OneWeb Aviation, as we plot our path to facilitating onboard connectivity, globally, on commercial airliners and corporate jets, large and small.”

“The ability to deploy multibeam, multi-satellite, multi-orbit IFC terminals is key in SatixFy’s offering developed in partnership with ST Engineering through our Joint Venture – JetTalk.” said Yoel Gat, SatixFy’s CEO. “Aggregating capacity from multiple satellites will give customers the grade of service they expect on flights. This great leap forward is made possible thanks to the continuous support by ESA and UK Space Agency.”

Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at the UK Space Agency, added: “The new aviation terminal will make use of the Prime, Beat and Sx3099 ASIC chips developed with UK Space Agency backing, showing how supporting our most innovative companies leads to results that make a real difference for people all over the world.”

VT San Antonio Aerospace facility

ST Engineering suffers cybersecurity breach at US subsidiary

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VT San Antonio Aerospace facility

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) has confirmed that its US subsidiary, VT San Antonio Aerospace, Inc., recently discovered a cybersecurity incident where a sophisticated group of cyber criminals, known as the Maze group, gained unauthorised access to its IT network and deployed a ransomware attack.

In an online statement, the company said that upon discovering the incident, it took immediate action, including disconnecting certain systems from the network, retaining leading third-party forensic advisors to help investigate the incident and notifying appropriate law enforcement authorities.

According to Ed Onwe, Vice President/General Manager of VT San Antonio Aerospace, Inc, the ongoing investigation indicates that the threat has been contained and is believed to be isolated to a limited part of ST Engineering’s commercial operations in the US. These businesses, including VT San Antonio Aerospace, continue to be operational.

ST Engineering’s IT network in Singapore and its other businesses has not been compromised.

Onwe added: “As part of this process, we are conducting a rigorous review of the incident and our systems to ensure that the data we are entrusted with remains safe and secure. This includes deploying advanced tools to remediate the intrusion and to restore systems. We are also taking steps to further strengthen the Company’s overall cybersecurity architecture.

Trust between our Company and all of our stakeholders – including our employees, customers and business partners – is core to our culture and business values. We are committed to responding to this incident transparently and proactively, and already have begun notifying potentially affected customers. We will be working with our customers and industry peers to share insights and any lessons learned so that they can learn from our experience.”

ST Engineering and Acumen Design Associates have partnered to announce the launch of ACCESS, a new aircraft lavatory to offer passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) more space.

ST Engineering and Acumen Design Associates launch “world’s first” expanding aircraft lavatory

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ST Engineering and Acumen Design Associates have partnered to announce the launch of ACCESS, a new aircraft lavatory to offer passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) more space.

ST Engineering and Acumen Design Associates have partnered to announce the launch of ACCESS, a new aircraft lavatory to offer passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) more space.

The addition of a moving wall means the lavatory is able to expand, offering 40% more space for passengers. This will allow access for wheelchairs and  a carer if needed, to use the facilities with ease. It is also a solution which provides PRM with more privacy. 

Acumen Design Associates have produced this product drawing from feedback providing by disabled passengers in product testing sessions. Many of the introduced features are aimed to make transfers easy and quick as well as more hygienic and pleasant. The addition of more grab bars, anti-slip floors and innovative hygiene technology, plan to improve the experience for all passengers.

Mary Doyle, Founder and Owner of Rocket Girl Coaching, stated: “As an independent manual wheelchair user for many years, I’ve experienced the good and bad of aircraft lavatories… and believe there are four main things which can improve the on-board experience: more space, highly sanitised work surfaces, greatly improved physical supports for unassisted transfer and anti-slip flooring.”

Cassandra Sexson, Director of Business Development at ST Engineering, added: “Having worked with Acumen to identify the main accessibility issues with current lavatory designs, ACCESS is able to offer airlines an innovative new product that tackles one of the biggest issues faced by disabled passengers when they fly.”

The expansion can be easily maneuvered by a crew member using a latch on the outside wall and when not expanded, the lavatory can still be used as normal. There is no reduction in galley space or seating capacity with no necessity for airlines to change cabin layout to fit this new installment. 

“Many disabled passengers avoid flying because of the compromises they have to make – especially when using the on-board lavatory,” said Daniel Clucas, Senior Designer at Acumen Design Associates. He added, “ACCESS can ensure disabled travellers have the space, privacy and support features in place to never have to worry about that again.”