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Editorial comment - March 2016

As the industry heads to Dallas in April for the MRO Americas show, it seems to be in a fairly buoyant mood. However, as this issue of MRO Management shows, it is also at a very interesting crossover point.
 

Low fuel prices have kept many older aircraft flying for longer than expected, but there is still the steady introduction into service of next generation aircraft and engines, the latest being the Airbus A320neo. While the extended maintenance intervals for these new types means the first overhauls are still some way off, OEMs and MROs are beginning to make plans as to how they will look after them, including the introduction of new technology. At the same time, current maintenance policies for older aircraft are changing; in particular, with the development of tailored programmes to match maintenance with remaining service life. This is especially true of engines, and we cover the ways in which GE and Rolls-Royce are adapting to this.

 

The industry is also becoming more international. Cross border cooperation is growing, as developing markets reach a size for which there is a need for a local presence. A good example of this is Engineering Holding in Russia, which has recently announced agreements with TAT and Zodiac to set up specialist repair facilities for heat exchangers and lavatories respectively. AFI KLM E&M took a slightly different approach for the Americas by establishing a strong base in Miami, and MRO Management has been to take a look at the developments there.

 

Once again, we are holding the Cabin Refurbishment and Repair Conference in London in June. The background to the event is that, with changes in branding, commonality with other aircraft models in the fleet or the introduction of new technology, an airline will consider changing the appearance of its cabin. The design and engineering requirements for these complex projects usually require assistance from outside sources, unless the airline has its own maintenance organisation. In daily service, the cabin has to be kept clean, serviceable and safe. Once again, an airline may have to call on specialist services to assist with its operations. These challenges are growing as the necessary response times to changing market needs are getting shorter, pushing airlines to make changes to keep up with the competition and retain their frequent fliers.

 

We have had an enthusiastic response from the industry and already have confirmed speakers from AFI KLM E&M, Airline Services Interiors, E-Leather, JPA Design, Regent Aerospace and SR Technics. Visit www.cabinrefurbandrepair.com for more information.


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