If economies grow and oil prices don’t explode—and that’s admittedly a big if—then 2012 should be a strong year for aircraft maintenance. Consultants and MRO shops concur in cautious optimism and some even anticipate a potential bounce-back spurred by deferred maintenance or part restocking. Outsourcing, bundled services, consolidation and PMA use are other trends to watch. Airframe work will continue to seek less expensive labor, but Asian shops are getting a ...

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