Vietnam calls on Dutch support to boost national aviation capacity

09 December 2016

Vietnam has reached out to a consortium of Dutch aviation experts, as well as support from the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, to provide expert know-how to drive the country’s aviation ambition. The move is part of Vietnam's broader roadmap to become a regional aviation hub.

Vietnam has, in recent decades, transformed its economy to become one of the more prosperous South East Asian economies for its people; a recent BCG report highlights the country’s above the mark performance in turning wealth into well-being. The country too has managed to rapidly expand its general wealth, with average GDP growth at around 6.5% over the past 20 years. The economic growth has increased its domestic and international demand for air travel, in line with overall growth to the region’s market.

In a bid to improve the country’s capacity and performance in aviation, the Vietnamese Government, as part of its wider economic development plans, has introduced a number of liberalising policy measures. Projects include the development of Vietnam’s aviation infrastructure into a regional hub for both passengers and cargo – with Vietnam Airlines, a SkyTeam member, earmarked to become a major force on the global aviation stage.

Vietnam calls on Dutch support to boost national aviation capacity

To support the country’s ambitions, the Dutch Aviation Vietnam (DAV)*, as well as experts from the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (NMIE), are taking part in the joint Dutch-Vietnamese Government programme to cooperate on aviation and airport development in Vietnam. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) and DAV recently formalised their relationship through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU will see the DAV and NMIE transfer know-how for attracting and managing private investment, related to financing, development and operation of large civil (airport) infrastructure projects. The programme also focuses on wider capacity building for the Vietnamese Aviation industry.

NACO, a Royal HaskoningDHV subsidiary, will provide leadership to DAV. Remarking on the MoU, NACO Chairman, Craig Huntbatch, says, “The entire South East Asian region is an important region for aviation development due to the growth in travel. Vietnam is of particular importance, because of the high GDP growth and the recent signing of trade agreements with the EU and US. This will accelerate the flow of travel and tourism which means that airport infrastructure will need to be adapted in parallel to meet this demand.

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Nienke Trooster, adds, “The partnership between the Dutch and Vietnamese airlines, airports and aviation service providers will contribute to Vietnam’s ambition to become a regional hub for both passenger and cargo services. Vietnam has the potential to develop into the gateway to ASEAN.”

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* A number of key Dutch companies representing the Netherlands’ expertise in civil aviation research and development, education, management and operations, including NACO and InterVISTAS, both companies of Royal HaskoningDHV, and Vanderlande, Netherlands Aerospace Group, STRATAGEM, Districon, Ciconia Aviation Services, MovingDot and Avia.

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Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”