SIA and National University of Singapore launch new digital aviation corporate laboratory

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have launched a new digital aviation corporate laboratory, which will co-create innovative technologies and solutions that will accelerate the digital transformation of Singapore’s aviation sector and help redefine the air travel experience for passengers.

Situated at the Innovation 4.0 Building at NUS Kent Ridge campus, the S$45 million (£24.5 million) research facility has been jointly set up by SIA and NUS and is supported by the NRF. This is the seventh corporate laboratory to be established at the University, which is also the 19th in Singapore.

The Corporate Laboratory is the result of a robust partnership between NUS and SIA. The airline launched its Digital Innovation Blueprint in 2018 to establish itself as a digital aviation and travel experience leader. This was followed by the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between NUS and SIA, with the University as the airline’s knowledge partner.

The launch of the Corporate Laboratory comes at an opportune time as the global aviation industry tackles the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. An acceleration of its digital transformation programme will help to keep SIA vibrant and nimble and will contribute towards the development of a digital aviation and travel technology community in Singapore.

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