Singapore Technologies Aerospace (STAe) is planning to acquire a second overhaul-and-maintenance site in the USA in a bid to relieve capacity constraints at its Mobile subsidiary.

Speaking at the show, STAe chief operating officer Wee Siew Kim said that the company is in the process of looking for a second US site for airframe, engine and component overhaul.

The move is intended to supplement STAe's wholly owned Mobile Aerospace (MAe) plant in Alabama, which is now operating at maximum capacity. MAe can accommodate up to four widebody and eight narrowbody jets and will increase capacity by a further 20% with the opening of a new hangar at the end of the first quarter in 1998.

Its Singapore-based sister company, ST Aviation Services, recently added a third 747-size bay by converting a military-aircraft hangar at STAe's Paya Lebar site.

Source: Flight International