Boeing signs a pact with Spirit AeroSystems for B737 MAX MRO

In what can be termed an effort to enhance the MRO footprint in support of nacelle and flight control repairs for the global 737 MAX fleet, Boeing Global Services has announced a new agreement with Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and its affiliates to combine aftermarket resources.

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With this agreement, Boeing Global Services is strategically positioned to assist all 737 MAX operators by providing lease and exchange programs to respond quickly to unforeseen events. Our business serves our customer base beyond the sale of aircraft, and now we can expand lease and exchange support for aerostructures with Spirit AeroSystems.

Mini Desai, vice president of Commercial Spares and Managed Parts, Boeing Global Services
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The collaboration will reportedly enhance Boeing’s support for nacelle and flight control surface removals with a more robust MRO footprint while combining Boeing’s industry-leading asset pool with the hands-on repair experience of Spirit AeroSystems.

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defence platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminium and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. Additionally, the company has extensive experience with the 737 MAX as the original product manufacturer of the fuselage, thrust reverser, slats, and flaps.

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Reportedly, this will be the first pooling program Boeing has offered for these specific high value large structural parts.

Spirit is thrilled to be selected by Boeing Global Services as its global partner for 737 MAX aerostructures repair, including Nacelles and Flight Control Services. Over the last three years, we have expanded from a single MRO center in Wichita to five MRO centers on four continents, which will allow us to serve Boeing’s global customers locally. This strategic partnership will allow us to provide customized, high-quality MRO solutions at industry leading turn-around times for our customers’ 737 MAX nacelles and flight controls.

Kailash Krishnaswamy, senior vice president of Aftermarket Services for Spirit
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Reportedly, this comes as the company also manages to seal an agreement with Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) regarding repairs in mainland China.

Figures show Spirit’s Aftermarket business revenues have grown substantially from $186 million in 2019 to $239.9 million in 2021, and it is aiming to grow its Aftermarket business to $500 million in revenue by 2025.

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