Diverse Boeing Fleet Drives Different Support Needs

By Bill Sweetman
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 30, 2013

Boeing may have the most diverse support workload of any aircraft company. The Boeing military fleet worldwide includes fighters; airlifters; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft; and helicopters. Global and national fleet sizes range from single to four digits, and almost every U.S. ally has some Boeing hardware. The result is that Boeing offers a correspondingly large range of support options.

The end of C-17 production was announced two weeks ago, after several years in which Boeing had eked out production of this big and specialized aircraft with a combination of top-up sales to the U.S. Air Force and small-number sales to non-U.S. operators (the largest, to India, is 10 aircraft). Boeing credits this partly to a support concept that minimizes the headaches that can result from a small fleet.

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