Boeing announced on October 1, 2018, that the company and its subsidiaries Jeppesen and Aviall have joined with Robotic Skies to develop and deliver industry-leading supply chain management and optimization, analytics, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the commercial and civil unmanned aircraft system (UAS) markets.

According to the U.S. plane maker, Boeing and Robotic Skies – a commercial UAS support services provider – will jointly seek ways to leverage their experiences and solutions in manned aviation programs and extend them into the UAS market. This includes providing services for commercially-focused regulatory compliance, ground support, training, MRO, parts distribution, field upgrades and vehicle retrofit capabilities. 

Brad Hayden, CEO of Robotic Skies, said the move should allow both companies to elevate customer experience in the commercial UAS services. The partnership should also deliver operations solutions that would be difficult to achieve individually. "This agreement represents a foundational step for the advancement of commercial UAS operations," said Hayden.

Meanwhile, William Ampofo, VP Business & General Aviation, Boeing Global Services, commented by saying the company is committed “to working with the top providers in the industry to increase our presence in the commercial UAS field." Ampofo also highlighted the unique operational requirements and challenges of commercial UAS flight, which will require both companies to shape their capabilities specifically to meet those challenges.

According to Boeing, the partnering companies will provide unified operations services for both existing commercial UAS operators and for companies seeking to enter the UAS field for the first time. 

Global Services operates as one of Boeing's three business units providing service solutions to commercial, defense and space customers. Boeing‘s subsidiary Aviall is an aerospace parts and integrated supply chains solutions provider. Another subsidiary company – Jeppesen – provides informational products, services, and software.

Founded in 2014, Robotic Skies is a brokered network of over 150 certified repair stations across more than 30 countries, providing MRO and additional support services for commercial UAS.  Each service center in the network possesses the aviation expertise and factory training to ensure the mission readiness of these aircraft.