Paris. 18 June 2019. Boeing and Dutch SPECTO Services 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 capabilities 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. 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. Our strategy is to work very closely together with industry, also closely in a geographical sense,” explains Air Commodore Richard Laurijssen, director Sustainment and Logistics, RNLAF. “As such, I see a promising opportunity to benefit from this agreement as an operator of the Chinook for it can increase the availability of our helicopters. It will also improve our flexibility and strengthen the cooperation and strategic partnerships between Boeing, SPECTO 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: “To keep our military relevant and effective, The Netherlands needs to have its own foundation of knowledge, technology and industrial capabilities. That is why the Dutch government has launched our Defence Industry Strategy last November. Part of that strategy is to obtain the highest possible level of participation of Dutch companies in international supply chains. 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.