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Australia and Singapore strengthen air transport links

Australia and Singapore strengthen air transport links


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Media release from the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) and the Aviation / Aerospace Australia (A/AA)

Tuesday 12 February 2014

The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) and the Aviation / Aerospace Australia (A/AA) have signed a Memorandum of Collaboration to support the development of the air transport industry in order to encourage economic growth and provide jobs for the people in the respective regions.

The signing ceremony took place at the Singapore Airshow.

The AAIS and A/AA, both share common goals of representing, supporting and facilitating the sustainable growth of regional and global partnerships of the aviation and aerospace industries respectively in Singapore and Australia.

The Memorandum of Collaboration sets out to achieve the following goals:

  • Expand and enhance the understanding of both aviation and aerospace industries capabilities between Singapore and Australia.
  • Encourage the development of strong and purposeful business partnerships between the two countries.
  • Encourage Australian and Singapore companies to collaborate in building capacities and leverage opportunities to improve innovation competitiveness, technical standards and accreditation.
  • Pursue a greater exchange of industry knowledge in aviation and aerospace matters, including aviation infrastructure developments and regulatory issues between the respective countries, by providing a source of information sharing between the AAIS and A/AA.
  • Enhance and improve the individual and collective membership bases of our organisations through the international linkages for our members.

This Memorandum of Collaboration will see both parties working together to lead potential trade missions to participate in major events in both Singapore and Australia and to exchange pertinent industry intelligence in order to facilitate greater trade and business opportunities.

Adam Burford, Chairman, A/AA said: “We are pleased to be engaging with AAIS, to strengthen ties between Australia and Singapore. Due to the massive growth forecasted for the airline industry in Asia it is paramount that, through our peak industry associations, we stay connected. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Austrade for its support in this collaboration process.”

Charles Chong, President, AAIS said: “It is our great pleasure to be working with A/AA. This collaboration will bring together two Associations from different parts of the world to share and exchange relevant industry knowledge and capabilities, allowing for better growth and development of the aviation and aerospace industries. I am confident that this partnership will benefit both countries greatly.”

About the Aviation/Aerospace Australia
Aviation/Aerospace Australia (A/AA) is a not-for-profit and independent association, with an overarching objective to promote the long-term health and sustainability of the Australian aviation and aerospace industries.
This is the first time in Australia’s aviation history that there is an independent industry body looking at the long-term and common needs of the broader sector, covering: airline, airport, manufacturing, MRO, research, training and education organisations, as well as government agencies and departments.
As Australia’s national aviation and aerospace peak body, A/AA is focused on promoting Australian innovation and expertise and building capacity and skills.
Specially, A/AA’s contributions to the sector fall into four industry-wide activity areas of: Data, Research, Policy, and Development - in both the domestic and international domains.

A/AA Major Initiatives include:

Aviation Aerospace Trade and Export Network (AATEN)
AATEN provides direction and assistance to Australian aviation and aerospace companies, State, Federal & Local Government agencies, to develop new export opportunities for Australia’s skills, products and services. AATEN also assists in identifying foreign and domestic investment opportunities that support the ongoing development of aviation and aerospace activities in Australia.

Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF)
Formally adopted by A/AA in July 2013, the well-established AISAF initiative aims to secure the future of aviation through the commercial production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). AISAF is a coalition of the diverse participants from business, government and civil sectors who collectively create the various SAF supply chains.

Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia (WA/AA)
WA/AA is a national forum providing resources and networking opportunities to promote the participation of women in Australia’s aviation and aerospace industry.

Young Aviation/Aerospace Australia (YA/AA)
The YA/AA initiative provides ongoing professional development for the next generation of aviation and aerospace industry professionals, with a focus on: building networks; expanding skills, knowledge and experience; and developing leadership capabilities.

About the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)

The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) or "AAIS", a non-profit organisation, is a leading industry association for the Aerospace Industry in Singapore that represents companies from the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sector, Aerospace Manufacturing sector, Research and Development / Training sectors and suppliers for civil air transport and aerospace defence. The AAIS endeavours to provide leadership by facilitating strategies in innovation competitiveness, technical standards and accreditation. It also serves as a forum for members to discuss and elevate relevant issues to policy-makers and stakeholders.

Within the AAIS, the Enterprise Development Division focuses on building industry and manpower development capabilities, with the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the aerospace industries and the capabilities of aerospace suppliers. It is the one-stop avenue for the aerospace industry’s growth needs and a launch pad for suppliers to establish themselves in the industry and overseas growth markets. Please visit for more information and news about the AAIS.