Boeing Eyes Bigger Slice Of Commercial Aftermarket Pie

By Sean Broderick sean.broderick@aviationweek.com
Source: AWIN First

The market has been slow to embrace such bolt-on services, however. An aftermarket product that added radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to track components, developed by Boeing and Fujitsu and tested with Alaska Airlines, has been scaled back to focus on emergency equipment, like rafts and slides.

Despite the spotty track record, Boeing is betting that customers will warm to data-driven services that support real-time decision-making.

McNerney says he sees no reason that Boeing’s aftermarket can’t grow “at least” at the rate of Commercial Airplanes division’s “base business” of moving new metal, which boosted revenues 15% in the third quarter and was up 10% through 2013’s first nine months.


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