The aviation aftermarket is a complicated, fragmented, global business. Listen as Aviation Week’s MRO editors explore the ins and outs of the industry.
info_outline Back To School 08/18/2021
Back To School Aviation maintenance training was forced to embrace digital learning during the pandemic. As the industry recovers and restrictions loosen on travel and group settings, will remote learning remain popular? Will the industry embrace investment into new technologies for training? Which focus areas will be crucial for technician training and reskilling as fleets change post-pandemic?
info_outline Air Works Plans Recovery In India And Beyond 06/14/2021
Air Works Plans Recovery In India And Beyond Adversely effected by COVID-19, India’s ambitious MRO industry is planning a long-term recovery. Anand Bhaskar, CEO of Air Works, one of its largest aftermarket players, discusses how it is looking to do this both domestically and overseas.
info_outline Cyber Threats on Aviation: Know The Vulnerabilities 04/12/2021
Cyber Threats on Aviation: Know The Vulnerabilities Understand the internal and external cybersecurity threats to aviation companies—as well as the weakest links. Nirav Shah, Republic Airways’ VP information technology, and John Janachowski, AAR’s chief information security officer and VP IT security, talk with Aviation Week’s Lee Ann Shay about these very real concerns.
info_outline Etihad’s Maintenance Plans 04/05/2021
Etihad’s Maintenance Plans With a near 50-50 split of in-house fleet and third-party maintenance work, Etihad Airways Engineering reassessed its strategy to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Frederic Dupont, vice president technical sales and customer service, talks about how the MRO is coming out of the pandemic and how it will approach the market recovery.
info_outline Readying MRO Capacity 03/27/2021
Readying MRO Capacity While demand for many maintenance services has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, companies are readying themselves for better days. In a move boosting its capacity, Lithuanian MRO Aviatic recently entered into an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries for a new facility covering services such as base maintenance and passenger to freighter conversion work from 2022 in Siauliai. Povilas Padaiga, CEO of Aviatic and Aurelija Kuezada, director at Siauliai Airport, discuss the need for greater capacity and how resurgent cargo activity is factoring into its plans.
info_outline Why Delta Is Testing Airplane Structural Monitoring Sensors 03/23/2021
Why Delta Is Testing Airplane Structural Monitoring Sensors Delta Air Lines installed sensors on the WiFi antenna area of an aircraft to test structural health monitoring. Could this be a step toward moving airframe MRO to a more predictive maintenance model, similar to that used by engines? David Piotrowski, Delta TechOps’ senior principal engineer, talks with Aviation Week’s Lee Ann Shay about how aircraft mainteannce could shift to data diven, tail-specific maintenance.
info_outline Building Aftermarket and Infrastructure for Advanced Air Mobility 03/11/2021
Building Aftermarket and Infrastructure for Advanced Air Mobility As advanced air mobility gets closer to becoming a reality, aviation is turning its focus toward building up the ecosystem needed to operate and maintain eVTOLs. In this MRO podcast, the CEOs of Eve and Skyports talk to Aviation Week editors about what vertiport networks will look like and how maintenance wil l fit into the equation.
info_outline How Will The Line Maintenance Segment Recover Post-Crisis? 03/01/2021
How Will The Line Maintenance Segment Recover Post-Crisis? Line maintenance across the world was immediately impacted following the outbreak of COVID-19 but the market could start to recover this year. In this MRO podcast, Jacco Klerk, CEO of Direct Maintenance, talks about the prospect of aircraft returning to service and ramping up operations to meet MRO demand.
info_outline Boeing Perspective on Outlook for Aftermarket 10/26/2020
Boeing Perspective on Outlook for Aftermarket As the aviation industry tracks fleet status daily for signs of recovery, Wendy Sowers, Boeing’s director, commercial market forecasting and analysis, talks with Aviation Week’s Lee Ann Shay about commercial aviation trends, what aftermarket segments should recover first (and last) and predictions for what the MRO market could look like post-pandemic.
info_outline Remote Inspection Technology Takes Off During COVID-19 09/10/2020
Remote Inspection Technology Takes Off During COVID-19 Travel restrictions and social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing the MRO industry to get creative in how it conducts business. Aviation Week editor Lindsay Bjerregaard speaks with experts from Rolls-Royce, SR Technics and Donecle about how technology is being used to provide remote inspection services to customers and whether the pandemic will be a catalyst for widespread industry adoption moving forward.
info_outline Why Alice Springs Is Becoming Synonymous With Parked Asian Aircraft 08/19/2020
Why Alice Springs Is Becoming Synonymous With Parked Asian Aircraft Alice Springs, in central Australia, is where many Asia-Pacific aircraft are getting parked. When Tom Vincent opened Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage there in 2014 as the first purpose-built aircraft storage facility in Asia-Pacific, he didn’t predict anything like the pandemic occurring.
info_outline Airline Procurement Changes: Air France’s Perspective 06/19/2020
Airline Procurement Changes: Air France’s Perspective As Air France adjusts its fleet and starts to ramp up flying, what does this mean for its procurement needs? Thomas Sonigo, Director of Procurement, OEM/MRO, at Air France, talks with Lee Ann Shay about what this means for MROs, including contracts and pricing.
info_outline COVID-19 Podcast: How MROs Can Access Financial Assistance 04/09/2020
COVID-19 Podcast: How MROs Can Access Financial Assistance The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the U.S. sets aside more than $60 billion for aviation companies in grants and loans, and small businesses could be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program. Christian Klein, executive VP for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, talks with Aviation Week editors Sean Broderick and Lee Ann Shay about how MROs can access these funds—and what the next steps could be.
info_outline COVID-19 Impact on MRO: Latest Effects And What’s Next 04/01/2020
COVID-19 Impact on MRO: Latest Effects And What’s Next Aviation Week MRO editors discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the aviation aftermarket—and how some schools and companies are adapting.
info_outline Former RAF Pilot Rebuilding An MRO 01/18/2020
Former RAF Pilot Rebuilding An MRO After entering administration in 2015, ATC Lasham’s aging MRO facility was taken over by 2Excel Engineering, which sought to re-energize the UK-based site. Company co-founder and accountable manager Chris Norton talks to James Pozzi about the turnaround of its fortunes.
info_outline Celebrating Aviation Maintenance Technicians 05/21/2019
Celebrating Aviation Maintenance Technicians In honor of National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day, ARSA’s VP of operations Brett Levanto talks with Aviation Week’s Lindsay Bjerregaard about the importance of recognizing the work AMTs do and industry efforts to improve the profession.
info_outline Delta Air Lines CEO’s View on MRO, A220 and NMA 04/11/2019
Delta Air Lines CEO’s View on MRO, A220 and NMA During the MRO Americas Conference, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian provided his opinion on a range of issues—from Delta’s investment in new MRO capabilities to the Airbus A220’s performance and Boeing’s new midsize airplane (NMA)—with Aviation Week Network Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo.
info_outline How Sensors Will Affect Nanomaterial Development 03/11/2019
How Sensors Will Affect Nanomaterial Development Nanomaterials are coming. In this podcast, Alain Dupuis, VP industrial development for Unabiz and Vivek Varma, head of operations for Cyient Singapore, speak with Lee Ann Shay in Kuala Lumpur about the impact new sensor and material development will have on MRO.
info_outline Supporting Next-Gen Engines and Growing Revenues 02/23/2019
Supporting Next-Gen Engines and Growing Revenues Delta Technical Operations opened a 150,000-lb. thrust engine test cell on Feb. 21 that it says has the highest thrust rating in the world. With its first Trent XWB visit finished and its ramp up to support next-gen Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney engines, Don Mitacek, Delta Airlines Technical Operations senior vice president and Jack Arehart, VP MRO Services, talk with Aviation Week’s Lee Ann Shay in Atlanta about how it is preparing its business for $1 billion annual revenues.
info_outline Independent Engine MRO Thrives In An OEM Dominated Market 02/12/2019
Independent Engine MRO Thrives In An OEM Dominated Market Mansoor Janahi, acting CEO of Turbine Services & Solutions, a Mubadala company based in Abu Dhabi, speaks with Lee Ann Shay and James Pozzi at MRO Middle East in Dubai on Feb. 11.
info_outline How Industry 4.0 Is Transforming MRO 11/07/2018
How Industry 4.0 Is Transforming MRO Understand the way Industry 4.0 is transforming MRO and glean tips on incorporating the latest disruptive technology. Lee Ann Shay, Aviation Week’s chief editor MRO, speaks with Van Espahbodi, managing partner and co-founder, Starburst Accelerator; Ken Nguyen, chief architect, Asia research and development, Oracle; and Akkireddy Challa, director, aerospace sector, EON Reality during MRO Asia-Pacific in Singapore.
info_outline Airbus, Boeing and Embraer on Aftermarket Competition 10/16/2018
Airbus, Boeing and Embraer on Aftermarket Competition As airframe OEMs ramp up production of next-gen aircraft, Philippe Mhun, senior VP of Airbus Customer Services; Mike Fleming, VP of Commercial Services for Boeing Global Services; and Frank Stevens, VP of Global MRO Centers for Embraer join Aviation Week’s Lee Ann Shay to discuss how they are also ramping up their aftermarket services.
info_outline MTU's Market Strategy and Challenges 07/05/2018
MTU's Market Strategy and Challenges Leo Koppers, SVP of sales and marketing for MTU Maintenance, discusses MTU's MRO strategy, capacity challenges and the overall state of the MRO market today with Aviation Week's MRO editor, James Pozzi.
info_outline Get Beyond Simply Checking the Diversity Box 06/27/2018
Get Beyond Simply Checking the Diversity Box Diversity benefit companies in multiple ways. How can the aviation industry do a better job recruiting and tapping into a more diverse workforce? Get tips from FedEx Express VP air operations safety & airworthiness; Greg Jones, United Airlines chief diversity officer; and Cheryle Jackson, AAR senior VP global business development, who speak with Aviation Week’s Lee Ann Shay after a panel held at AAR on “IAWA Connect Chicago–The Importance of Diversity & Women in Aviation.”
info_outline The Adoption of Additive Manufacturing 04/12/2018
The Adoption of Additive Manufacturing Aviation Week’s chief editor MRO, Lee Ann Shay, is discussing additive manufacturing or 3D printing for non-flight critical parts at airlines with Scott Carpenter, Manager, Engineering Materials, Processes and Configuration Control for Southwest Airlines and Ramesh Ramakrishnan, Sr. Principal Engineer, New Business and Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Delta Air Lines.
info_outline Can A Bill Help the MRO Workforce Shortage? 03/30/2018
Can A Bill Help the MRO Workforce Shortage? A group of bipartisan U.S. senators introduced a bill on March 7 to address the aviation maintenance workforce shortage, which could become acute in the next few years without action. But can this bill make a difference? Aeronautical Repair Station Association execs Christian Klein and Brett Levanto join Aviation Week’s Lee Ann Shay to discuss.