Embraer taps SIA for E-Jets servicing

Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) - June 30, 2017 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines -  Commercial jets manufacturer Embraer Asia Pacific has appointed Clark-based SIA Engineering (Philippines) Corp. (SIAEP) as the authorized service center for its E-Jets.

In a statement, Embraer Services and Support president and chief executive officer Johann Bordais said the appointment of SIAEP as the authorized service center for Embraer’s E-Jets is in line with the firm’s commitment to provide better services and support solutions to E-Jets operators in the Asia Pacific region.

“SIAEP has demonstrated their capability and expertise in aircraft maintenance. Given their experience, we believe that E-Jets operators will see value in their proposition,” Bordais said.

SIAEP chairman Mervyn Sirisena said the firm is “well-positioned to serve airlines and operators in the region with its capabilities and service offerings, which are augmented by SIAEC’s wide experience in handling the latest-generation aircraft for leading airlines around the world.”

SIAEP is a joint venture of SIA Engineering Co. Ltd. (SIAEC) and Cebu Air Inc.

SIAEC provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in Asia Pacific.

Cebu Air, meanwhile, operates budget carriers Cebu Pacific and Cebgo.

Ivan Neo, executive vice president for operations at SIAEC said the firm’s appointment as Embraer’s authorized service center is seen to help strengthen its position as the MRO center for aircraft in the region.

“This is part of SIAEC Group’s strategy to increase our overall capabilities, which will expand our customer base and offer competitive solutions to E-Jets operators in Asia Pacific,” he said.

Embraer has a global fleet of 1,200 E-Jets, which is being operated by 80 airlines in 60 countries.

Within Asia Pacific and China, there are around 150 E-Jets operating at present.

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