Daily Archives: Aug. 22, 2013

Cathay Pacific Airways recognizes Spirit AeroSystems Aftermarket business

Spirit AeroSystems’s Aftermarket Customer Support division was recognized by Cathay Pacific Airways.

Cathay Pacific gave Spirit it’s High Performing Partner Award.

In 2008, Spirit received a contract  to provide overhaul, repair and modification services for Cathay Pacific’s fleet of 777 Trent 800 thrust reversers.

The repair work is performed at Taikoo Spirit AeroSystems Composite Co., a joint venture with Spirit, HAECO/TAECO and others.

The business is located in Jinjiang, China.

“Cathay Pacific is a key customer to Spirit’s Aftermarket segment,” Mike Williams, Spirit Aftermarket Customer Support vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “We are very pleased to receive this award based on our customer’s high service standards.”

Cathay Pacific operates 24 Boeing 747, 49 Boeing 777, 37 Airbus A330 and 11 Airbus A340 airplanes. It has 80 firm orders on the books with Boeing and Airbus for additional planes.


AOPA board of trustees names pilot and businessman Mark Baker president, CEO.

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a national organization of pilots, has named Mark Baker as its new president, the organization’s fifth president in its history.

Baker replaces Craig Fuller, who earlier this year told the board of his intentions to move on to other opportunities.

Baker, a native of Minnesota and an aircraft owner and pilot, began flying in his 20s. He now has more than 7,500 hours of flight time.

Most recently, he served as CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corporation, a retailer of home improvement and garden products. He also served in senior executive roles at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Gander Mountain Company, The Home Depot and other companies in the industry.

Baker takes office September 6.