Warning This site is not recommended for Internet Explorer browsers. Please use another web browser to get a better experience.

Aerospace Industry Leaders Form Coalition to Strengthen Aviation Supply Chain Integrity

Business

  • Members seeking to prevent introduction of unapproved aviation parts into the supply chain

WASHINGTON – February 22, 2024 – Today leaders from across the aerospace industry in the United States and Europe announced the creation of a coalition to help prevent unauthorized parts from entering the aviation supply chain and to strengthen the supply chain’s overall integrity. 

Founding members of the Aviation Supply Chain Integrity Coalition include senior representatives from Airbus, American Airlines, Boeing, Delta Air Lines, GE Aerospace, Safran, StandardAero and United Airlines. Former NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt and former U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari will serve as coalition co-chairs. 

The coalition’s efforts build on CFM International* and its parent companies’, GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines, prompt and decisive actions last year when AOG Technics sold engine parts with forged documents. While an extensive review found that less than one percent of CFM engines were affected and most parts involved were non-serialized items like bolts, washers, and bushings, the coalition will take a broader look at preventing future similar actions. 

“We were able to stop a rogue actor and quarantine the parts last year thanks to swift action from the aviation industry, but more is needed to stop anyone who tries to take a shortcut in the future,” said co-chair Robert Sumwalt. 

“Through this coalition, we will work to find lasting solutions that the industry can adopt to improve the overall integrity of the aviation supply chain,” said co-chair John D. Porcari. 

The coalition began its work this month, launching a 90-day review to determine opportunities to strengthen existing supply chain operations. This work will form the basis of a comprehensive report with recommendations to ensure compliance with safety standards and prevent the introduction of unapproved aviation parts into the supply chain. The coalition’s approach spans the industry, drawing on expertise from manufacturers and airlines to maintenance, repair and overhaul stations, among others. The report is expected later this year. 

Robert L. Sumwalt 

Robert L. Sumwalt is the executive director for Embry Riddle’s Boeing Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety. He previously served as the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board after being on the board for many years and had support of presidents from both parties for his nominations. 

Before joining the NTSB, Sumwalt was an airline pilot for 24 years. He accumulated more than 14,000 flight hours, and he has co-authored books on aircraft accidents and Safety Management Systems. He also has published more than 100 articles on transportation safety and aircraft accident investigation. He earned a Master of Aeronautical Science (with Distinction) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

John D. Porcari 

John D. Porcari is a nationally recognized public and private sector infrastructure leader. He most recently served as the Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Biden-⁠Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to address supply and demand mismatches that emerged during the pandemic.   

As Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Transportation Department in the Obama-Biden administration (2009-2014), Porcari was directly involved in FAA regulatory and operational issues and NextGen implementation. He also guided the department during the grounding of the Boeing 787, allowing personal electronics to remain on but in airplane mode and several other aviation safety incidents. 

 

*CFM International is a 50-50 joint company between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines.

Contact Us

CFM International, is a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines, CFM International has redefined international cooperation and helped change the course of commercial aviation since its founding in 1974.

Today, CFM is the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines with a product line that sets the industry standard for efficiency, reliability, durability, and optimized cost of ownership. CFM International produces the LEAP family of engines and supports LEAP and CFM56 fleets for operators worldwide. www.cfmaeroengines.com

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 83 000 employees and sales of 19.0 billion euros in 2022, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets.

Safran Aircraft Engines designs, produces, sells, alone or in partnership, commercial and military aircraft engines offering world-class performance, reliability and environmental-friendliness. Through CFM International, Safran Aircraft Engines is the world’s leading supplier of engines for short and medium-haul commercial jets.

For more information: www.safran-group.com and  www.safran-aircraft-engines.com  / Follow @Safran and @SafranEngines on X

  • © Free-Lance's / Safran
  • © Adrien Daste / Safran