Boeing Launches New Nacelle and Flight-Control Surface Exchange programme

By Shayan Shakeel 9 February 2017
Boeing Launches New Nacelle and Flight-Control Surface Exchange programme HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Dubai Airports, and chief executive of Emirates Group, officially opened the fourth edition of MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) Middle East last week. The trade event, which was co-organised by F&E Aerospace and Aviation Week, took place at Dubai Airport Expo alongside the third-running Aircraft Interiors show. HH Sheikh Ahmed toured the exhibition halls, welcoming back companies such as Boeing and Lufthansa Technik and attending B/E Aerospace's unveiling of their new interior 'Essence Galley equipment collection'. He also received updates on the latest technology available in first class seats from EADS Sogerma. Final attendance figures are yet to be revealed, although the first day of AIME and MRO Middle East saw over 2400 visitors and 200 exhibitors in total.

Boeing has announced the launch of a new Nacelle and Flight-Control Surface Exchange Program. Under the program, customers can exchange nacelle and flight-control surface parts that need repair or overhaul from a certified pool that Boeing maintains throughout its global network. This eliminates the need for customers to contract, schedule, manage and own or lease these parts.

“Our customers have asked for more flexibility and we’ve heard them,” said Lynne Hopper, vice president of Parts Solutions. “This offering is one more example of how Boeing creates high-quality, flexible solutions that make life more convenient for our customers, allowing them to mix and match procurement approaches ranging from ownership to pooling to leasing to exchanging.”

Parts distributed through the program represent all Boeing models and are updated to the latest configurations, incorporating all applicable service bulletins and airworthiness directives.

Another benefit of an exchange is that customers only need to take an airplane out of service once, reducing maintenance needs. When a similar part is leased, the plane must be taken out of service for both removal and installation. 

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