Spirit AeroSystems, GMR Aero Technic Sign Indian MRO Partnership

GMR Aero Technic's main base is located at Hyderabad Airport.

Credit: GMR Aero Technic

Spirit AeroSystems has extended its footprint in India by signing maintenance specialist GMR Aero Technic as its MRO provider.

Through the agreement, announced Monday (Feb. 20), Hyderabad-based GMR Aero Technic will become a Spirit authorized repair center. The move will lead to the MRO expanding its offerings by leveraging Spirit’s structural component repair expertise for Boeing and other aircraft.

Initially, GMR Aero Technic will provide repair services of nacelles, radomes, and flight control surfaces for all narrowbodies, including Boeing’s 737NG and MAX aircraft.

On signing the partnership, Kailash Krishnaswamy, senior vice president of the Spirit Aftermarket Services division, says: “Spirit AeroSystems will offer repair and design knowledge and experience for its customers' operations."

“We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Spirit AeroSystems for providing a one-stop solution to our customers by establishing repair capabilities for nacelles and radomes jointly in India,” adds Ashok Gopinath, CEO of GMR Aero Technic. “This partnership reaffirms our commitment to provide world-class MRO services and further contribute to the Make in India initiative by providing value-added services to our customers in this part of the world.”

With this agreement, Boeing further affirmed its stance to collaborate with domestic MROs in India and aid in the Government’s Make-in-India initiative. “The partnership between Spirit AeroSystems and GMR Aero Technic will strengthen MRO solutions for our airline customers in the region,” says Salil Gupte, president of Boeing India.

Last week, the aircraft manufacturer announced the signing of a commitment from Air India for 470 aircraft, the largest Indian commercial aircraft order in history.

Following this, Boeing announced further support for its parts network in India by unveiling plans for a new $24 million logistics facility in the country. In addition, it also plans to open a global support center in Gurugram, near Delhi.