12-Feb-2014 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) to appoint STA Systems of Singapore, a subsidiary of ST Aerospace, as an Authorized Component Repair Centre for dynamic components of the AW109 range of light twin engine helicopters and the AW139 intermediate twin engine model. STA Systems plans to start operations by mid-2014, performing main and tail rotor component repairs for AW109 Power, Grand, GrandNew and AW139 helicopters across the region.
Vincenzo Alaimo, AgustaWestland’s Head of Regional Sales for SE Asia, said “The appointment of STA Systems is part of AgustaWestland’s strategy to deliver high quality support services to its growing customer base globally by expanding its network of repair centres. We are sure STA Systems will enhance our capability to provide the operators of hundreds of AW109s and AW139s across Asia Pacific with reduced turn-around-times for component repairs.”
Goh Poh Loh, STA Systems’ Senior Vice President/General Manager, said “We are delighted to sign this LoI to be appointed as an AgustaWestland Authorized Component Repair Centre. Leveraging ST Aerospace’s comprehensive repair and overhaul capabilities and global MRO network, we will be able to offer AgustaWestland’s helicopter operators a broad range of services at their convenience.”
The AgustaWestland AW109 Power, Grand, GrandNew and the AW139 have achieved outstanding market success in the whole Asia Pacific region in recent years to perform a wide scope of commercial and government applications including VIP/corporate transport, military, law enforcement and homeland security, fire fighting, EMS, SAR, offshore transport, electronic news gathering and utility missions. They are extensively used with prime customers in nations across the region such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and they show significant potential in other developing markets such as Vietnam.
AgustaWestland also provides a comprehensive range of support and training services for customers operating these models in the region through its wholly owned subsidiary AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, which acts as regional maintenance and support centre and where one of the four AgustaWestland Training Academies is based.
STA Systems is a prime player in the Asia Pacific region. A wholly-owned subsidiary of ST Aerospace, it specialises in the repair and overhaul of aircraft avionics and mechanical systems components and helicopter dynamic components.