Lee Ann Shay, Amsterdam (Image - Adrian Pingstone)
Aer Lingus and SunExpress are both evaluating which maintenance tasks can be moved from C checks to line maintenance to decrease aircraft downtime.
“We have dedicated systems engineers and line maintenance technicians who are looking at each Boeing task card,” and evaluating which ones make sense to move to from a C check to line maintenance based on things such as tooling, manpower and transfer costs, says Cemil Sayar, SunExpress technical director, who is speaking at Aviation Week’s MRO Europe Conference.
By making some line maintenance packages bigger, “we are using our line maintenance staff more efficiently” and evening out the peaks and valleys, says Sayar.
The Turkish airline also is saving money by not grounding aircraft for routine maintenance, which allows them to fly and maximize revenue, as well, he adds.
Fergus Wilson, Aer Lingus chief technical officer, also speaking at the conference, says the Irish carrier is following a similar process by moving some maintenance tasks out of C checks to the line environment, but it also is evaluating out-of-phase and B checks to avoid having to move other checks forward.
“We are working within bounds of our maintenance planning documents,” but together with Airbus and the regulatory authorities, he hopes to gain approval for escalated intervals in the future.