Stand-alone Parts Traders Face Pressure
Used serviceable material (USM) remains a significant—and growing—business for aftermarket service providers, yet those that do not expand beyond only trading parts risk being marginalized as the marketplace matures.
“With OEMs playing a bigger role, it’s going to get more difficult for smaller companies to make it,” Abdol Moabery, CEO of GA Telesis (GAT) said at Aviation Week’s Airline Engineering & Maintenance North America conference Oct. 18. “It’s a tough and competitive business. The differentiator for a large company is the breadth of services that you offer, rather than just selling parts.”
Once known primarily for its part-out prowess, GAT has expanded its services in recent years. The company still dismantles aircraft and engines, Moabery notes. But the harvested parts now mostly support the company’s own engine and component MRO shops or long-term service agreements. “USM is a smaller part of our overall business than it has ever been,” he says. “At this point, it’s just under one-third.”
The shift at GAT is not a reflection of declining USM demand. ICF International sees the market growing at an average annual rate of 5.2% through 2026, outpacing MRO as a whole. In dollar terms, USM will generate $7.7 billion in 2026 sales, ICF says.
P&WC Will Support IndiGo’s Engine Fleet
Indian airline IndiGo has enlisted Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) to provide engine maintenance support for the PW127M engines powering its future fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft.
The contract for P&WC’s Fleet Management Program will run for 10 years, starting from the date of each engine’s entry into service. An extension option has also been included. IndiGo has a large order in place for the 72-600s, with its first delivery anticipated for late 2017.
Deliveries will continue at a steady pace next year, with 20 aircraft expected to be in the IndiGo fleet by December 2018.
Lufthansa Technik Resumes Puerto Rico Operations
Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico has resumed operating on the island three weeks after Hurricane Maria by redelivering its 100th heavy maintenance check for facility launch customer Spirit Airlines.
The aircraft, one of Spirit’s Airbus A319s, was redelivered in mid-October.
Pat Foley, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, said all of its employees are safe, and the infrastructure of the hangar located in Aguadilla was not heavily damaged by the hurricane.
He said the major issues involved problems with electricity, water supply, IT and general communications.
Lufthansa Technik established a team at its Hamburg headquarters to oversee operations and sent a support team to the island comprised of IT, technical and logistics specialists helping with matters of urgency, such as setting up satellite communications systems.
Gulf Carriers Seek Savings, Eye More PMA Parts
Financial challenges faced by the Gulf region’s major airlines are nudging them to look harder at cost-saving initiatives, including using alternative parts sources. At least two of three dominant carriers—Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways—are looking at ramping up use of parts manufacturer approval parts, two executives with knowledge of the airlines’ supply chain strategies tell Aviation Week’s MRO Network.
Precision Aircraft Solutions/ATSG signed Vallair Solutions as the launch customer for its Airbus A321-200 freighter conversion program.
Aero Norway secured a three-year TrueChoice Material contract from GE Aviation to provide CFM56-3/5B/7B component repairs.
Airbus acquired the remaining shares of Sepang Aircraft Engineering of Kuala Lumpur and now owns 100%.
Etihad Airways Engineering was awarded a Lufthansa contract to perform Airbus A340-300 and A380-800 heavy maintenance.
GA Telesis Engine Services of Finland secured a three-year TrueChoice Material agreement with GE Aviation to provide serviceable OEM parts and repairs and technology upgrades for CF6-80C2s.
GE Aviation has a TAAG contract for repair and overhaul of its CFM56-7B engines (for five 737NGs) under the TrueChoice Overhaul program.
Haitec Aircraft Maintenance of Germany has agreed with Russia’s SuperJet International to provide SSJ100 line and base maintenance services.
IAI Bedek Aviation Group was selected by Wizz Air to provide A320 line maintenance and technical services.
Joramco secured a Lufthansa contract to perform C Checks on five A340s and two A320s between December 2017 and February 2018.
Pratt & Whitney Canada was selected by Republic Airways to maintain APS 2300 APUs for 182 Embraer 170s/175s.
Sabena Technics renewed its Air Botswana contract to provide component repair and overhaul for four ATR -500s.
SR Technics was selected by Swiss to provide aircraft base and cabin maintenance on 51 narrowbodies and 35 widebodies as well as ground support equipment maintenance/calibration services on test equipment and a range of other support services at Zurich and Geneva.