Together with representatives from ST Engineering Aerospace and Temasek Polytechnic, AAIS were pleased to receive a delegation of senior officials from the Oman National Defence College (NDC) at Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on 29 March 2019. The delegation of 20 was headed by Brigadier Mohammed Yarub Majid Al Saifi, Assistant Commandant of the NDC.

The officials were participants of a leadership development course by the NDC, which included a study visit programme abroad to learn about other countries, their strategic concerns, and their bilateral relations with Oman.  The delegation was interested to visit SAP as part of their broad objective to learn about the strategic and geostrategic importance of Singapore, including Singapore’s economic and industrial capabilities.

During the visit, AAIS and member representatives shared with the delegation on the development of the SAP and Singapore as an aviation hub, and capabilities of the Singapore aerospace ecosystem. There was a lively discussion on the education pathways, as well as, training and skills development initiatives in Singapore.

Oman has expressed its ambitions to position the Sultanate as an aviation hub with worldwide appeal. According to Omani Minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. Ahmed Al-Futaisi, “Aviation is a key sector for economic growth, and having a clear vision to further develop it will positively impact other related sectors like tourism, logistics, as well as agriculture and fisheries.”

In 2017, SATS and Oman Air formed a joint venture, Oman Air SATS Cargo, which currently manages all cargo handling at Muscat International Airport.