Boeing begins final assembly of first 737 MAX 8, Sept. 2015.

Boeing Taps Spirit AeroSystems for 737 MRO

April 26, 2022
A global MRO partnership will respond to 737 MAX operators’ need for nacelle repairs and flight control services, including Boeing resources and the hands-on repair capabilities of Spirit AeroSystems.

Boeing’s global aftermarket services division named Spirit AeroSystems as its global partner for 737 MAX aerostructures repair, including nacelles and flight control services. The terms of the agreement have not been detailed, but Boeing said the agreement will improve its MRO service for operators of those aircraft – making available its own assets and resources while accessing the hands-on repair capabilities of Spirit AeroSystems.

The aircraft OEM also noted the new offering expands its parts services options in response to 737 MAX operators’ needs.

Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems manufactures aerostructures for commercial, defense, and business/regional aircraft, including fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. It also offers aftermarket repair and replacement services.

In its announcement Boeing noted Spirit AeroSystems has extensive experience with the 737 MAX aircraft, being the original production manufacturer of the fuselage, thrust reverser, slats, and flaps for that twin-engine, narrow-body aircraft. The new agreement represents the first pooling program Boeing has offered for these large structural parts.

“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,” according to Kailash Krishnaswamy, Spirit’s SVP of Aftermarket Services for Spirit.  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.”

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