April 8, 2014
BAE Systems inks contract with Southwest Airlines to support world’s largest fleet of 737s
Southwest Airlines has selected BAE Systems as its exclusive provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the full authority digital engine controls (FADEC) on more than 450 737 Next Generation aircraft. Under the five-year agreement, BAE Systems will provide proactive repairs that will improve the availability and reliability of Southwest’s fleet. BAE Systems will perform the services through FADEC International, its 50-50 joint venture with Sagem (Safran group). Through FADEC International, the two companies develop, manufacture, and support high-reliability aircraft electronics for harsh engine environments. The company serves airlines and aircraft maintenance and repair providers with a full range of aftermarket capabilities. Leveraging extensive knowledge of severe engine environments, FADEC design attributes, and repair history, BAE Systems has developed a robust process that helps customers decrease costs, simplify maintenance, and enhance their services.