Boeing set to build its own seats

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is also turning its attention to the production of aeroplane seats in an attempt to achieve supply chain benefits. It is partnering with Adient, a car seat specialist, to set up a joint venture: Adient Aerospace.

According to a press release, the joint venture between Boeing and Adient responds to the sector’s need for more capacity, better quality and reliable on-time deliveries. The new company will also give Boeing more control over its supply chain. In the past, late receipt of aeroplane seats from external suppliers has led to aircraft delivery delays. That should now be a thing of the past.

“Seats have been a persistent challenge for our customers, the industry and Boeing, and we are taking action to help address constraints in the market,” states Kevin Schemm, Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management, Finance & Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Production in Kaiserslautern

The seats are not only destined for Boeing’s own aeroplanes but will also be made for other aircraft manufacturers. Adient Aerospace’s production will be based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and an additional service centre will be set up in Boeing’s home town of Seattle.