Airbus and Singapore-based Kelley Aerospace are involved in a legal dispute. 

According to Airbus, at issue is a tenant in Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park. The European airframer also refutes “baseless and defamatory” allegations made against it made in a letter written by Kelley Aerospace founder and chairman Avraham Kelley.  

Kelley Arrow

Source: Kelley Aerospace

A mock-up of Kelley’s Arrow

“Airbus categorically denies the baseless and defamatory allegations made by Kelley Aerospace against Airbus,” it says.

“This case before the Singapore court involves non-payment of rental obligations by the tenant at one of our buildings at Seletar Aerospace Park (Singapore). As legal proceedings are ongoing, we can not provide any further comment.”

Kelley Aerospace occupies a facility in the aerospace park – developed by state-owned JTC Corporation – that formerly housed Airbus Helicopters.

The building is large, with offices, a simulator bay, as well as a hangar (formerly used for helicopter repairs) that leads onto Seletar’s single runway.  Airbus Helicopters occupied the location from 2010-2019.  

Kelley, for his part, issued a letter to “friends and [colleagues]” dated 22 November, in which he makes several claims against Airbus. 

When contacted by FlightGlobal, Kelley confirms the authenticity of the letter. He says lawsuits have been filed in Singapore, Europe, as well as in the USA. 

At its launch event on 4 December 2020, Kelley disclosed that his company was developing a supersonic unmanned air vehicle (UAV), called the Arrow. The company has also developed a subsonic UAV programme, known as the Black Eagle.  It previously stated plans to employ 250 in Singapore, and also perform cabin retrofits for business aircraft.