Boeing Global Services, the aircraft manufacturer’s new business unit formed from the customer services groups within the company’s existing Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security units, will commence operations July 1.

“Aerospace services represents one of our biggest growth opportunities for the future,” Boeing chairman, president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement. “Standing up Global Services will accelerate our capabilities across all Boeing services and support areas—from our traditional parts, modifications and upgrades business to strengthening our data analytics and information-based offerings. Our services expertise, the global reach of our business and our strong customer partnerships have us well positioned to compete and win in this important sector.”

Stanley Deal, who had been Boeing’s SVP-commercial aviation services since 2014, will head the new unit as its president and CEO. Global Services will be based in Plano, Texas. The formation of the unit was announced in November 2016.

Boeing said the Global Services unit will offer solutions to customers in four areas: supply chain; engineering, modifications and maintenance; digital aviation and analytics; and training and professional services.

“We've been talking with our customers over the past few months as we’ve prepared for this transition, and tomorrow they can begin to see the value of this dedicated services unit that allows us to deliver agile, cost-competitive solutions so they can reduce costs, drive efficiency and ultimately optimize their operations,” Deal said.

Aaron Karp