Royal Netherlands Air Force Signs Boeing to Apache, Chinook Services Pact at Farnborough Boeing

Boeing Lands Farnborough Services Deals

The OEM’s Boeing Global Services unit announced agreements with a string of airline and defence customers on July 16.

Boeing’s aftermarket push was boosted at Farnborough on Monday (July 16) after the OEM confirmed new services contracts valued up to $2.1 billion through its Boeing Global Services.

The U.S. airframe manufacturer set up its services unit in July 2017 and CEO Dennis Muilenberg stated it was targeting a $50 billion annual revenue goal in a decade. Since then it has built up a succession of customer agreements that have Boeing confident it will meet its target during that timeframe.

Carrying on this trend at Farnborough, the largest number of aircraft covered in the contract announcements is with Emirates for an optimized maintenance program (OMP) for its fleet of 150 Boeing 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 777-300 aircraft. According to Boeing, the agreement makes it the largest 777 fleet in the world with an OMP, a program drawing on algorithmic tools to perform custom statistical analysis comprised of the airline’s maintenance data.

U.S. cargo airline Atlas Air signed up for 20 landing gear exchanges in its 747-8 fleet agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Atlas will receive an overhauled and certified landing gear from a Boeing-maintained exchange pool.

EVA Airways, headquartered in Taiwan, will receive component services from Boeing on its 787 fleet, with the U.S. airframe manufacturer owning, managing and maintaining an exchange pool inventory. The carrier also renewed its ties with Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen for its charting and electronic flight bag (EFB) services for 10 years.

Malindo Air has also created ties with Jeppesen by signing an agreement for dispatcher training services at its operations center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Two carriers have also signed up for its Airplane Health Management (AHM) offering. Canadian airline WestJet will use data analytics on its fleet of 787s, while Chinese carrier Okay Airlines will utilize the Boeing AnalytX-powered tool for its 737 MAX aircraft.

On Tuesday afternoon (July 17), Primera Air and Xiamen Airlines are scheduled to announce Boeing services orders on Tuesday (July 17) afternoon. The global fleet care agreement with Primera covers its 737 Max and 737NG fleets and will see Boeing provide engineering, line and heavy maintenance execution services. Meanwhile, Xiamen Airlines will become the first operator in China to use an optimized maintenance program.

Defense agreements include providing performance based logistics support for the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s fleet of AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters over five years.

In addition, the aircraft manufacturer also won several service functions with the U.S. Air Force. The first, for six and a half years and with a potential value of $986 million, will see Boeing provide instruction and operate, sustain, modify and upgrade the C-17 aircrew and maintenance training systems.

It has also signed a four-year sole-source contract to repair, support, configure and provide parts obsolescence management for F-15 radars. Boeing will also offer engineering, customer training, system analysis and integration of all radar types throughout the U.S. Air Force F-15 fleet.

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