Rupa Haria and I visited easyJet before MRO Europe to learn how the airline’s recent order for 135 Airbus A320s will impact maintenance.
We toured the airline’s Luton headquarters--including the maintenance and operations control centers that are co-located--and talked to Gary Smith, easyJet’s head of powerplant and fleet transition. Click here to see our video about how the fleet will increase from today’s average aircraft age of 5 years to about 8 years in 2018. This means easyJet will require more maintenance--including 12-year checks that originally weren’t in its plans.
Gary also talks about what the airline is looking for from suppliers. Naturally, easyJet has grown to a size where it should be able to leverage its volumes--but equally important--he hopes suppliers will start being more creative and innovative in their service offerings.
Today some of easyJet’s aircraft maintenance providers include SR Technics, Lufthansa Technik, Nayak and Monarch Aircraft Engineering. GE provides engine MRO.
The video isn’t long, but make sure you get to the very end, where I include an interesting business-building tip for you that I found in an easyJet presentation.