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Spirit AeroSystems Reinvigorates its Commitment to Aftermarket Presence in Asia

Spirit AeroSystems has announced an expansion of its aftermarket footprint in Asia through a multi-year partnership with Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation (EGAT) and a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) customer agreement with EVA Air for 777 GE90 nacelles. EGAT, an award-winning aircraft MRO facility based in Taiwan, is highly proficient in airframe component and composite repairs. The agreements position Spirit for growth and significantly reduce MRO costs for passenger and freight carriers in the region by keeping repairs local. Through these relationships, Spirit says they will provide maintenance services on the products it manufactures – with core capabilities on the 777 GE90/Trent800 nacelle and 737 CFM56-7B thrust reverser, and on flight control surfaces – as well as grow capabilities and capacity to support increasing demand in the region. The EGAT partnership also expands Spirit's capabilities to facilitate service for a broader range of fleets,…

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European MROs Struggle Against the Pandemic

European MROs Struggle Against the Pandemic

Europe’s maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses have entered uncharted territory in 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic severely hobbles the aviation industry with plummeting aircraft capacity and shrinking fleets, experts agree Europe’s MROs will be among the hardest hit globally. The next few years will likely be challenging at best, forcing…
SHORTAGES OR FURLOUGHS? HOW WILL PANDEMIC IMPACT LONG-TERM WORKFORCE

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Those who think the pandemic-induced drop in both activity and revenues for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry have ended the industry’s workforce shortage are dead wrong and, in fact, some experts predict it will be further exacerbated by emerging technologies. “We were in a labor shortage pre-COVID-19 and…
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Glimmers of Hope/Purveyors of Doom by JOY FINNEGAN

United Airlines announced it is adding 25,000 flights back into their schedule in August. JetBlue and American Airlines announced a strategic partnership that they say “will create seamless connectivity for travelers in the Northeast” and more choice. They also hope the relationship will accelerate each airline’s recovery as the travel industry adapts to the new…