Spirit AeroSystems and ST Engineering to combine forces in the Middle East

Spirit AeroSystems has struck an exclusive cooperation agreement with ST Engineering’s Commercial Aerospace business to support customers in select Middle Eastern countries.

The deal, signed at the recent MRO Americas trade show in Atlanta covers Qatar, the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman with aircraft engine nacelle MRO solutions.

The two companies will combine their expertise and experience across various aircraft platforms to “jointly market and offer competitive value propositions”.

The partners say they intend to “support a significant portion of commercial aircraft variants to operators in the Middle East”.

said Kailash Krishnaswamy, senior vice president of Spirit Aftermarket Services, said: “The cooperation will allow two strong MRO players to offer one-stop, comprehensive MRO solutions for our Middle Eastern customers.

“We will be able to pool our resources, offer our joint MRO capacity, and coordinate with our recently announced regional partners JORAMCO and GMR to deliver best-value MRO solutions. We are excited about the potential of this long-term exclusive cooperation in the region.”

Goh Poh Loh, executive vice president and head of component services at ST Engineering, added: “By bringing together the expertise and solution suites of both companies, ST Engineering and Spirit AeroSystems can cater to much of the nacelle MRO needs of operators in the Middle East.

“Under such an arrangement, customers can have the convenience of one-stop shop services and yet enjoy a wide scope of services, which we believe is a huge value add that allows airlines to focus better on their flight operations.”

Spirit said its aftermarket business continues to grow following the acquisition of select Bombardier maintenance, repair and overhaul operations in Belfast and Dallas, the acquisition of assets from Applied Aerodynamics, and the signing of a joint venture agreement with Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation in Taiwan.

In the last year, Spirit Aftermarket services has opened Spirit Evergreen Aftermarket Solutions (SEAS), a joint venture with Evergreen Aviation Technologies in Taiwan, signed agreements with Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company (GAMECO) in China, with GMR Aerotechnic in India, and with Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Company in Jordan, to be Spirit Authorised MRO centres.

It has signed a MOU with Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) to develop maintenance, repair and overhaul services.

Spirit has reported its aftermarket business revenues have grown substantially from $186 million in 2019 to $311 million in 2022.

ST Engineering’s Commercial Aerospace business had revenue of over $2 billion in 2022. Its MRO cluster supports airframe, engine and components globally, and is the world largest airframe MRO solutions provider.

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