Boeing Expands 737 MAX MRO Network in Partnership With Spirit AeroSystems
Boeing has entered a new agreement with Spirit AeroSystems and their affiliates combining aftermarket resources in support of nacelle and flight control repairs for the global 737 MAX fleet.
Today (April 26, 2022), Boeing announced the signing of an agreement with Spirit AeroSystems to expand the global 737 MAX MRO network. Spirit AeroSystems and their affiliates will combine aftermarket resources to support nacelle and flight control repairs on MAX Family aircraft. The agreement enhances Boeing’s nacelle and flight control surface removals with a more robust MRO footprint, combining the airframer’s industry-leading asset pool with the extensive hands on repair capabilities of Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit has extensive Boeing 737 MAX experience, as the company is the OEM manufacturer of the fuselage, thrust reverser, slats and flaps. Today’s announcement represents the first pooling program Boeing has ever offered for these specific high-value large structural parts.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Boeing Global Services’ Vice President – Commercial Spares and Managed parts, Mini Desai, said,
“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.”
Also commenting on the new MRO partnership, Spirit AeroSystems’ Vice President – Aftermarket Services, Kailash Krishnaswamy, added,
“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.”
Wichita, Kansas-based Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial, business and regional aircraft, as well as defense platforms. The company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons and nacelles. Spirit also serves the aftermarket for commercial, business and regional jets. In addition to their U.S. locations, Spirit also has facilities in the UK, France, Malaysia and Morocco.
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