Boeing, SPECTO sign Chinook rotor blade repair license agreement at Paris Air Show

Boeing, SPECTO sign Chinook rotor blade repair license agreement at Paris Air Show

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LE BOURGET, France, June 18, 2019 - Boeing and Dutch SPECTO Services today signed an agreement at the Paris Air Show to partner on the maintenance and repair of Chinook helicopter rotor blades.

“Boeing strives to lead global aftermarket innovation that aligns with our customer needs,” said Maria Laine, vice president of Boeing International Strategic Partnerships. “This SPECTO partnership is a great example of resources and capability intersecting to further expand in-country expertise, transforming the customer experience.”

“We look forward to further supporting the Royal Netherlands Air Force and enabling mission readiness in collaboration with SPECTO,” said Torbjorn ‘Turbo’ Sjogren, vice president of International Government & Defence for Boeing.

This agreement complements Boeing’s existing partnership with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to enhance maintenance, reduce lead time of repairs and increase aircraft availability. SPECTO will provide added value by way of responsive in-field support, while Boeing will continue to lead advanced maintenance and repairs for the RNLAF. Boeing and SPECTO are co-located at the Woensdrecht Support Base and have access to a state-of-the-art repair facility. 

“We are always looking for new ways to improve the availability and affordability of our fleets,” said Air Commodore Richard Laurijssen, director Sustainment and Logistics, RNLAF. “I see a promising opportunity to benefit from this agreement being an operator of the Chinook, as it not only increases the availability of our helicopters, but also strengthens the collaboration between Boeing and the RNLAF.”

Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of The Netherlands witnessing the licensing agreement signing between Boeing, Dutch SME SPECTO and the Dutch government concluded: “Industrial participation strengthens the required technical basis for better protection of our national security. That is why, together with the Minister of Defense, I launched the Defense Industry Strategy (DIS) last November. It is my goal to optimally position Dutch tech companies and our manufacturing industry so that they can grow with their innovations internationally, and to strengthen cooperation with international companies. This partnership promises to be an excellent example of that."

Through its Global Services business, Boeing provides aerospace services to more than 350 European customers and is expanding its services portfolio in the region by increasing local maintenance and support partnerships, and improving the availability of components for international operators.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

SPECTO specializes in composite and sheet metal repair solutions for primary and secondary Fixed & Rotary wing components. The company has two maintenance facilities at Woensdrecht Air Base and Lelystad Airport. SPECTO is an EASA/FAA/TCCA/MAA-Part 145 repair station and certified according to AS9100, AS9110 and ISO9001.

The facility at the Main Support Base of the Royal Netherlands Air Force in Woensdrecht is fully equipped to maintain and repair helicopter rotor blades and structures for civil and military operators. Under the MAA-NL 145 accreditation SPECTO can repair and release rotor blades and structures of the Cougar, NH-90, AH-64 and CH-47 helicopter.

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Katie Perdaris
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