SIA Engineering expands with Subang maintenance facility

An aircraft in the SIA Engineering maintenance hangar.
Photo Credit: SIA Engineering

In a strategic move towards strengthening its foothold in the Asia-Pacific region, SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) has set the stage for further growth with a Subang hangar lease arrangement.

The recent announcement reveals that its subsidiary, Base Maintenance Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (BMM), has inked a 15-year lease agreement with IVP for the two hangars nestled within Complex A of Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport in Subang, named the “Subang Hangars.”

Third Base Maintenance Hub

This lease agreement marks a significant milestone for SIAEC, propelling the company into the realm of a third base maintenance hub in the Asia-Pacific region.

The strategic placement of the Subang Hangars positions SIAEC for expanded airframe check capacity, signaling a commitment to providing comprehensive maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for both current and next-generation aircraft.

Photo Credit: SIA Engineering

Capacity Amplification

Each of the Subang Hangars is designed to accommodate two wide-body aircraft, a feature that promises to enhance SIAEC’s capabilities in servicing its growing portfolio of airline customers.

This move aligns with the company’s dedication to delivering top-notch MRO services and reinforces its standing as a premier provider in the industry.

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Mr. Chin Yau Seng, the Chief Executive Officer of SIAEC, expressed his confidence in the venture, stating,

“We believe that our investment in the Subang hangars complements our component and line maintenance joint ventures in Malaysia, allowing us to augment our extensive MRO offerings to our customers globally.”

“With the expansion of our MRO network, this will further solidify our position as a leading provider of MRO services.”

The collaboration with IVP brings forth a promising synergy. Mr. Fuad Sharuji, Chief Executive Officer of IVP, emphasized the positive impact on Malaysia’s aerospace industry.

He noted that SIAEC’s presence in Subang aligns with the government’s vision to position Malaysia as a leading aerospace hub in Southeast Asia.

This move is in harmony with the Selangor Aerospace Action Plan 2020-2030, Malaysian Aerospace Industry Blueprint 2030, and the 12th Malaysia Plan.

Local Impact and Educational Contribution

The lease of the two wide-body hangars also holds implications for the local MRO industry. Mr. Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman, CEO of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), commended the agreement, emphasizing its positive impact on Malaysia’s aerospace sector.

 He stated, “SIAEC’s reputation in delivering comprehensive MRO solutions will contribute to bolstering Malaysia’s aerospace sector, establishing the nation as an ideal investment hub for aerospace companies seeking expansion within ASEAN and beyond.”

Furthermore, the transaction is anticipated to contribute to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program of local aviation institutions, fostering skill development and knowledge transfer within the community.

Future Outlook

As SIAEC expands its MRO network and capabilities in Malaysia, it not only enhances its global standing but also contributes to the growth and development of the local aerospace industry.

This strategic move aligns with the broader vision of making Malaysia a key player in the aerospace landscape. With the lease agreement in place, SIAEC is poised to unlock new opportunities, solidifying its role as a catalyst for growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) is a major provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) services in Asia-Pacific.

SIAEC has a client base of more than 80 international carriers and aerospace equipment manufacturers.

It provides line maintenance services at over 30 airports in 8 countries, as well as airframe, engine and component services on some of the most advanced and widely used commercial aircraft in the world.

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SIA Engineering is set to establish it third base maintenance hub with the lease of hangar facilities in Subang, Malaysia.
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