Richard Brown, vice-president for ICF International, is asking the questions that come with the implications of next-generation aircraft coming into service in for the region at MRO Asia-Pacific.
"Over the next 10 years, we're taking delivery of a large number of aircraft into Asia-Pacific which are next-generation aircraft. We see a 900% increase in next-generation aircraft entering service in Asia-Pacific. That has huge implications: in terms of the supply chain, they are highly connected, so we've got data connectivity. How we manage big data, get access to big data? Who owns the data? If we're OEMs, how do we support those aircraft in this region? If we're MROs, how do we get access to the manuals to support those aircraft in those regions? If you're an operator, who do we supply, and who do we sign contracts with? The implications are huge: large number of new technology of aircraft. Do we have the right engineers in place? How do we train them? What does it mean? And also, if you're providing man-hours into this region, these aircraft are actually more reliable and need less man-hours. So, great opportunity for MROs and OEMs if we serve this market," says Brown.