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Boeing aims to make MRO facilities more environmentally progressive

May 16, 2008  By Administrator

May 16, 2008 – Boeing, Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services, Tsinghua University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are hosting a competition for college students from select universities in the United States and China to create more environmentally progressive ways of operating an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.

The 2008 Boeing Shanghai
Challenge invites teams of up to three university students and one
faculty adviser to prepare "green" concepts for the Boeing Shanghai
Aviation Services MRO operation. Entries will be judged on creativity
of solution, technical feasibility, depth and completeness of technical
analysis, and clarity of presentation. Entries are to be received June

Keeping aircraft in excellent working condition requires many types of
maintenance activities. MROs provide this maintenance for airlines and
aircraft operators that are in need of line, component, engine or heavy
maintenance, allowing airlines and aircraft operators to concentrate on
their day-to-day business, rather than worrying about their inspection
or maintenance checks.

"We are committed to creating an MRO business in China that minimizes
the carbon footprint of operations and is sensitive to environmental
concerns," said Per Noren, leader of Environmental Strategy for Boeing
Commercial Aviation Services. "Going 'green' is no longer just an
option – it is essential. One key opportunity to reduce the
environmental footprint of the aviation industry exists in the MRO
supply chain."

All entries will be reviewed between by a panel consisting of Boeing
executives and university faculty from participating institutions. On
June 15, the five finalist teams will be announced. Finalists will
meet, on July 9, in Beijing to give their final presentations. Prizes
will be awarded to the top three finishers at a competition dinner that
same day.


China's air traffic volume will grow at an average of 7.3 percent
annually over the next 20 years and the market for MRO services in
China is expected to grow in parallel. The new Boeing Shanghai Aviation
Services facility at Pudong airport will feature a four-bay hangar and
will provide airplane modifications and maintenance, sale and repair of
aviation equipment, and related engineering and technical services.

To register for the 2008 Boeing Shanghai Challenge and help shape the
future of the MRO, see www.ie.tsinghua.edu.cn or www.clds.unc.edu. The
challenge is sponsored by Boeing and Research Center for Logistics and
Economic Development, a joint effort of The University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and Tsinghua University.


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