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budget airlines) ensures that prices largely cannot exceed
a certain benchmark. So, if the airlines cannot recoup the
fees on the front end, they must look internally to see what
costs they can cut and what solutions they can provide to
trim the fat on their back-end budgets.
Investing in MRO can be the panacea that airlines are looking to save their falling bottom lines. The biggest issue MRO
faces is time. Unlike pit crews, airline MRO teams cannot
possibly have every single part on hand in every location
as the cost of owning and storing that volume of inventory
properly would be astronomical. Instead, they must often
take it on a case-by-case basis and are left waiting until the
part can be procured. Between manually searching, sending RFQs, waiting on replies, and actually acquiring and
installing the needed part, the process is convoluted and
unnecessarily long, costing airlines thousands and potentially millions as a result of flights lost to AOG (Aircraft
On Ground).
While airlines focus heavily on upgrading consumer-facing
technologies to attract customers, the logistics side is primed
for an important overhaul that can change the margins for
any airline. Adopting new technologies such as predictive
analytics can help MRO teams to determine where and when
parts will most likely be needed, dramatically cutting down
on the time until aircraft can undergo maintenance. New
artificial intelligence-based platforms and marketplaces that
help locate and procure parts can improve the visibility of
the parts market to lower prices and drastically cut down
on the costs associated with AOG. These technologies are
already starting to penetrate the market and will prove a
huge boom to airlines with enough foresight to be early
adopters, as the reduction in these costs represents pure
savings and will instantly help the bottom line.
Ultimately, MRO departments work around the clock
to ensure that aircraft remain active and flights leave as
scheduled, but, at current, they are not equipped with the
right tools. You could never expect a pit crew to function
without having the correct parts on hand and the right tools
to make the adjustments mid-race, and the same goes for
airline MROs. Airlines must invest in the behind-the-scenes
logistics as much as they are investing in passenger-facing
features to ensure the profitability of the endeavor. While it
would be nice for passengers to enjoy WiFi on international
flights, better infotainment systems, or even added meal
service, the added perks don't amount to much if the aircraft
is stuck on the ground while the MRO team scrambles to
source some obscure part.
ITSIK MAARAVI is the Head of ePlane USA. He has been
part of the aviation industry for more than 25 years with
experience in various fields including MRO and OEM. Itsik
was previously president and CEO of TAT Technologies.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Changing of the Seasons
Nip/Tuck: Aircraft Edition
Staving Off Obsolescence
The Business of Biz-Jet Maintenance in Latin America
Airlines Need MROs to be More Like Pit Crews
Stepping Up Ladder Safety
Time to Upgrade?
Browsing the Digital Library
Product Showcase
Only the Paranoid Survive: Overcoming Complacency
It Takes Teamwork to Identify Safety Challenges
Can People be Trained to Become Better Service Providers?
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Stepping Up Ladder Safety
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Only the Paranoid Survive: Overcoming Complacency
Aircraft Maintenance Technology - It Takes Teamwork to Identify Safety Challenges
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Can People be Trained to Become Better Service Providers?
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