Carriers such as Singapore Airlines are buying newer planes to improve their yields. In response, MRO players ST Aerospace and SIA Engineering are diversifying their businesses and innovating on their own processes.

SINGAPORE (Feb 12): The narrow-body Airbus A320 is typically used on three- to six-hour flights within the region. And in the past, most travellers would have resigned themselves to flipping through newspapers or perusing a book through the flight time. No longer.

These days, carriers offer in-flight entertainment even on short-haul flights of a few hours. Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) subsidiary SilkAir, as well as US carriers American Airlines and United, allow passengers to stream content onto their own personal devices. That means carving out room in a small plane for a media server and WiFi equipment.

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