John Higgins

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Currents: E-Form to Accelerate Parts through Supply Chain

Whether an airline is using its own facilities or those of a third-party provider, keeping aircraft parts and components in ready supply can mean a lot of paperwork. Help is on the way, however, thanks to a recent joint effort by the Air Transport Assn. and US FAA. The collaborative initiative has advanced the application of an electronic document likely to make aircraft parts distribution more efficient.

Currents: Maintaining Appearances

In October, Leading Edge Aviation Services, a major provider of aviation painting and related services, reached the 600 mark on its Continental Airlines account. That's about how many planes it's painted for the legacy carrier since 1994.

Currents: Blue Sky Alliance Offers Airbus One-Stop Shop

Blue Sky Alliance, a recent joint venture among Avio-Diepen, Interturbine Logistik and Satair, signed a deal with Airbus to serve as its "preferred provider" offering aftermarket spares including consumables, expendables and standard hardware materials through a single point of contact. Based in Hamburg, BSA aims to make it easier and less cost-intensive for Airbus operators to acquire spares and other parts for maintenance. Adopting a one-stop-shop concept, the alliance will employ a joint IT platform that facilitates the complex supply process for customers.

Integrating the Supply Chain

AAR CORP. OFFERS A SUPPORT OPTION EMBRACING THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF ITS VARIOUS SERVICES

THE CONVENTIONAL OBJECTIVE of an airline supply chain is to get the right material to the right place at the right time. The secondary objective has been to manage the parts procurement and supply chain function as efficiently as possible. But in today's highly competitive airline marketand increasingly in the future- efficiency in supply chain operations has reached a new and more critical dimension.

Dealing with the Dreamliner: A Continental Approach

One of the earlyand substantialpurchasers of the 787 is Continental Airlines, which has placed orders for 25 Dreamliners. In an e-mail Q&A with Airline Procurement, Senior Engineering Director John Wiitala revealed how the carrier will deal with some of the MRO issues.

Airline Procurement: How is Continental setting up for maintenance, repair and overhaul of the 787? What will be different versus the existing fleet?

Greasing the MRO Supply Chain

KEEPING AN AIRLINER aloft to generate maximum profits calls for efficient management of a vast number of spare parts. Making sure there are enough pumps, tires, avionics gear, engines, cabin carpets, brackets and thousands of other aircraft supplies available for MRO is a major procurement challenge.

No wonder that maintenance and supply managers worry ceaselessly about whether there is a shortage of this or that bit of hardware at the right time and in the right place to keep aircraft flying.

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