Our Washington bureau office space got reconfigured so I needed to downsize and move into a new space. Anybody who knows me can guess I'm not a packrat, but I discovered I kept much more paper a decade ago than I do now. In culling my files, I unearthed some interesting notes:
1. AW&ST April 14, 2003 article on state of MRO: "More than 90 Boeing customers worldwide use its CD-ROM-based Portable Maintenance Aid that contains specific manuals for customers' airplanes. The company's Enterprise One initiative" had two international customers.
2. Same issue reported Lufthansa Technik and Rolls-Royce planned to set up an MRO JV to support the Trent family.
3. Wolfgang Mayrhuber, deputy chairman and CEO of Lufthansa, presented the keynote at MRO Americas in 2003. He announced the launch of a new intercontinental business class in the fall, discussed the FlyNet broadband onboard Internet, and urged better infrastructure and harmonized global rulemaking.
3. An executive from Ameco Beijing predicted in Nov. 2003 that "more than 230 aircraft will be retired within the next 20 years" in China. "Among the newly delivered 2,391 aircraft, 2,159" will be for pure growth.
4. He also pointed out "After Hong Kong goes back to China and the trading restrictions from China are removed, the competition will be harder with the participation of HAEO, HAESL, China Airlines Engineering and Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. Profit margins will become lower and lower."
4. An executive from Varig Engineering & Maintenance stated in April 2003 that current issues for MRO in Latin America included airlines reducing capacity, engine services were mostly provided by OEMs, new investments were hard because of the currency rates, a surplus of skilled mechanics and low labor rates existed, noise regulations would accelerate aging fleet retirements, and there were no global networks or JVs in MRO in the region.
Shifting gears to 2004:
5. MRO Europe was in Copenhagen and SAS Group President and CEO Joergen Lindegard said SAS was the fourth largest airline group in Europe and it hoped to get $1.5 billion in cost savings by 2005. "It's time to look at airlines as pan-European" and "we urgently need deregulations in Europe as a whole." He said there was "grotesque overcapacity" in the European market and yields were dropping monthly.
6. And in 2005, Airbus launched its MRO Network.
Fun facts from my downsizing and move? I have more aviation archeology facts if you're interested.