about us

Safe Air is an aviation maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO), design and manufacturing business with capability for engines, airframes and components. Airframe capability includes Lockheed C-130 and P-3 Orion plus helicopters. Engine capability includes Rolls Royce T56 and Pratt & Whitney J52. Components include comprehensive propeller repair and overhaul. Safe Air is based in Blenheim, New Zealand and our subsidiary Safe Air Australia, is based in Melbourne.

Our business philosophy

At Safe Air, we take pride in our customer focus and aim to exceed our customers' expectations for quality, price and turn time.

We deliver value to our customers by:

  • Bringing flexibility, expertise and innovation to produce 'can do' solutions.
  • Connecting with global aviation networks to access critical information.
  • Leveraging our relationships with key manufacturers and suppliers to deliver 'best fit' solutions at exceptional value for money.

As a business we aim to operate with total integrity and be highly responsive. We work hard to foster a strong team culture and provide a supportive environment to all our staff.

Our vision
Our people

Faces of Safe Air

Enhancing the performance of our aviation and defence customers


Safe Air began as a freight airline, but stopped flying to become a dedicated MRO in 1990. Read about our history.

Corporate structure

RNZAF Hercules

Military Services

Safe Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus Gruop Australia Pacific. Read about our corporate structure and management team.

Quality management

Safe Air is BVQI (Bureau Veritas Quality International) accredited to ISO 9001:2000 & AS9100 and holds a wide range of approvals, including FAA and EASA See our list of approvals.

Customers and projects

We provide services to military and commercial customers all over the world. Read about our customers and some of the projects we have been involved with.

Global networks

We have developed a wide network of global business partnerships through our participation in major international military contracts. These partnerships and projects include:

BAe SystemsUpgrading autopilot systems on RNZAF and RAAF P-3 Orions
Smiths IndustriesMajor strike fighter avionics upgrade
L3 CommunicationsMajor mission systems upgrade on RNZAF P-3 Orions
Kaman AerospaceDesign, build and manufacture of airframes and components for the SH-2 Seasprite helicopter for the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy
TenixManufacture of modules for the Australian and New Zealand ANZAC frigates

Skippers plane

Propeller Services

Our strong relationships with major OEMs and global parts distributors gives us access to essential technical data, preferential pricing and reduced inventory lead times. Safe Air has formal agreements with:

Pratt & Whitney, Kellstrom Industries, Derco, Lockheed Martin, Aviall, Boeing, Hamilton Sundstrand, Dowty, McCauley & Hartzell.