SouthWest Airlines (SWA), the largest operator of Boeing 737 aircraft, has signed a Long Term Agreement (LTA) with GKN Aerospace covering the supply of all spares replacement 737 cabin windows. SWA's selection of GKN Aerospace is based on the excellent value and long service life offered by the GKN CrystalVue II™ cabin windows.
GKN Aerospace's CrystalVue II™, which has been standard on all Boeing aircraft since 1996, is a hard coated stretched acrylic passenger window pane. CrystalVue II™ offers greater abrasion and chemical resistance than any other acrylic cabin window currently available, maintaining visibility through the window pane. In addition, the window's service life without interim maintenance actions is typically 3-4 times longer than other products on the market, substantially reducing maintenance activity and costs. Today, more than 2 million CrystalVue II™ windows are in service worldwide on aircraft operated by major and regional airlines.
Frank Bamford, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at GKN Aerospace comments: "GKN Aerospace is working to a clear and focused strategic plan to grow its MRO activity across its business areas – transparencies, composites and metallics - by supporting our OEM customers, both airframe and aero-engine manufacturers, with agreed programmes of work directly with the aircraft operators. This is proving highly successful, and is bringing greater flexibility and capability into the total support package available to the airline."