SINGAPORE: In a bid to recapture its title as the world’s best airline, national carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) will collaborate with four organisations to bump up its technological capabilities. The airline on Monday (Jan 29) unveiled partnerships with the National University of Singapore (NUS), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR), Economic Development Board (EDB) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), under SIA’s digital innovation blueprint.

Representatives from the four organisations as well as the airline marked the launch of the partnerships at a ceremony at the Singapore Airlines Training Centre, attended by Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran. The partnerships’ focus is to build capabilities to increase efficiency through digital technology as well as to develop new business opportunities.

One of the key agreements signed was the Master Research Collaboration Agreement with ASTAR to identify and develop applied research partnership opportunities. It includes research fields in areas such as data analytics, Internet of Things, and virtual and augmented reality to boost the efficiency of maintenance processes.

Its goal is to develop smart solutions that help lower maintenance costs, decrease aircraft delays, and aid the airline in enhancing service standards. “(The agreement) will allow SIA to leverage technology such as video and data analytics, virtual and augmented reality, and automated technologies to boost the efficiency of airline operations,” said Professor Tan Sze Wee, executive director of ASTAR’s Science and Engineering Research Council.

“Such joint innovation partnerships will position Singapore’s aviation sector well in future.” As part of the national carrier’s plans to boost its digital capabilities this year, a Digital Innovation Lab will be set up to enable SIA staff to work with innovative companies to stimulate new ideas and facilitate collaboration in a creative environment. Read more from…

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