Aviation News in Brief: SIA & VMware; SATS & DHL; AAR & Leach; Jetstar Asia & Qantas

The VMware Workspace ONE platform facilitates access to SaaS productivity applications as well as SIA’s mobile and intranet web applications on BYOD mobile devices.

Singapore Airlines in digital deal with VMware: Enterprise software company VMware said its Workspace ONE solution has been selected by Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide “richer employee digital experiences across multiple apps and devices”. With a focus on augmenting SIA’s mobile-friendly Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy, VMware Workspace ONE platform will streamline the delivery of mobile applications across more than 14,000 employee-owned devices, as well as more than 6,000 company-issued devices.

The VMware Workspace ONE platform facilitates access to SaaS productivity applications as well as SIA’s mobile and intranet web applications on BYOD mobile devices anytime, anywhere. The delivery of enterprise-level security for corporate data, coupled with consumer-focused ease of access and usability has driven higher employee engagement across the organisation.

To date, SIA has successfully deployed 35 mobile applications developed by its in-house technology development and innovation team, delivering them more securely to company-issued and BYOD devices using Workspace ONE’s App Catalogue. VMware’s Workspace ONE compliance engine enables all applications meet compliance and compatibility requirements. The engine also allows applications to be fully functional and updated with the latest security patches across every device.

SATS and DHL sign MOU for supply chain work: Singapore’s SATS and DHL Supply Chain (DHL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create turnkey solutions that enable airlines to optimise their supply chain for catering, merchandise and supplies across their flight networks. Combining DHL’s strengths in third-party logistics with SATS’ large-scale culinary, procurement and last-mile expertise, this new solution will help airlines to enhance the passenger experience with a wider range of authentic F&B offerings and amenities. The comprehensive integrated solution spans demand planning, menu customisation and planning, to supply chain consultancy and reverse logistics. SATS and DHL say the deal will allow airlines to achieve higher consistency, better inventory management, reduced waste and greater customer insights. Both companies have identified India, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam as the focus markets for the partnership.

AAR selected as distributor for Leach: AAR has been selected as the main distributor for Leach International Corporation. As part of the agreement, AAR OEM Solutions will be stocking, promoting and selling electromechanical and solid state switch gears, such as relays, switches, relay panels and power distribution units to OEMs for new production, commercial airlines and MRO providers, as well as to the military aftermarket, including the US government.

Jetstar Asia partners with Qantas on freight: Jetstar Asia announced it is partnering with Qantas Freight to provide freight customers with increased connectivity and greater access to the wider Qantas Group network and Qantas Freight’s 130 partners. Under the partnership, Qantas Freight will manage Jetstar Asia’s freight capacity across 23 ports in 13 markets, effective 20 November 2019. Singapore is Qantas Group’s largest hub outside Australia and is Jetstar Asia’s home where it operates a fleet of 18 Airbus A320 aircraft, each carrying up to two and a half tonnes of cargo per flight. Qantas carries freight on more than 130 passenger flights per week to 10 cities in Asia (excluding Japan), in addition to freighters to Bangkok, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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