Boeing and Airborne Services signed a licensing agreement for the maintenance and repair of Apache helicopter rotor blades, at the Paris Air Show. With this agreement, the international Boeing operator network will now have an alternative option when it comes to rotor blade repairs.
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A licensing agreement signed during the Paris Air Show between The Boeing Company and Airborne Services enables Airborne to perform the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of rotor blades for international operators of the Apache helicopter.
The increased need for MRO came about as a result of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) spending more hours flying the Apache helicopter fleet. The Dutch Airforce Logistics Center – Woensdrecht (LCW) wanted to have a local partner as an extra source of support to help to increase capacity and create flexibility. Airborne Services was one of the LCW’s local partners with the capability to support the Apache helicopter fleet.
Airborne Services currently supports the RNLAF in the NH-90, Cougar, Chinook and Apache helicopter component maintenance and has a state-of-the-art repair facility at the main support base. This allows Airborne to complement the LCW with additional MRO capabilities for Apache main rotor blades.
“Boeing and Airborne have been partners for more than 15 years,” said Maria Laine, vice president, Boeing International Strategic Partnerships. “By teaming with specialized international partners we continue to offer affordability, short repair turn-around time and aircraft readiness for Boeing operators around the world.”
Air Commodore Mario Verbeek, director Sustainment and Logistics, RNLAF, also attended the event and said: “As an operator of the AH-64 we benefit by this agreement to increase the availability of our helicopters.”
Representatives from Boeing, Airborne, the RNLAF, and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs were present to observe the licensing agreement signing.
Airborne Services Director Marco Brinkman concluded: “We look forward to collaborating with Boeing and serving the military helicopter market in this part of the world.”