Engines form the largest portion of maintenance cost, and maintenance is by far the largest portion of engine lifecycle cost. So choosing a maintenance strategy for engines is a critical determinant of airline success. With engine manufacturers playing ever-larger roles in aftermarkets, how much choice do airlines have? Options are determined by aircraft model and engine age, notes Jonathan Berger, VP at ICF SH&E. “You have much less choice on widebodies, more on narrowbodies and ...

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