Competitive flying in turbulent markets prompts airlines to shift costs from fixed to variable. One way to do that is to outsource not just the repair of, but the ownership and management of expensive assets, from rotable components to engines and even aircraft, sometimes. That is the long-term trend in the aviation aftermarket. Short-term, things are slow as fuel prices encourage the grounding of maintenance-hungry old jets and low interest rates accelerate the acquisition of new ...

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