Air has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Boeing regarding a technical cooperation to enhance maintenance capabilities for the Republic of Korea military’s vertical lift aircraft. Through the agreement, Korean Air and Boeing will cooperate in the maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) business with the main goal of upgrading domestic maintenance capabilities of rotary-wing aircraft, especially of the Apache Guardian and Chinook helicopters.

The Apache. (PHOTO: Shutterstock)

Korean Air, which has the largest performance improvement program and general maintenance depot for military aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, has completed maintenance and performance improvement projects on more than 4,700 Korean and U.S. military fighters, transport aircraft and helicopters.

“The cooperation between the two companies will contribute greatly to enhance the domestic maintenance capabilities of the Korean military’s rotary-wing aircraft by combining the best aircraft performance and MRO technology provided by Korean Air, and the world’s best military aircraft technology provided by Boeing,” said Soo Keun Lee, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Korean Air.

A Chinook in Australia. (PHOTO: ADF)

Maria Laine, vice president of International Sales at Boeing, said, “Considering today’s security environment, not only is the introduction of the aircraft important, but also, stable management and efficient operation technologies are critical.”

On top of providing support for Apache and Chinook helicopters, the two companies plan to jointly participate in the Korean rotary wing aircraft project, as well as actively expand its cooperation in other technical fields for the Korean military and overseas markets.


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