Consider this article from this month's AW&ST MRO Edition about how airlines are shaving time and money out of AOG situations. Okay, so you can't plan AOGs, but airlines are adapting their business rules and technology to better respond to them--which in essence, is making an unplanned event a bit more planned, right?
United Airlines is developing an AOG parts tracking system similar to those used for bags. Airlines are developing new partnership agreements with other airlines or are considering parts pools. Logistics handlers are expediting the process.
“Airlines would love to use more surplus parts in an AOG situation, but getting a part off an airplane in the desert isn't practical,” says Brian Prentice, a partner at Oliver Wyman, in the article. “As airlines, MROs and secondary providers develop that market, surplus parts will become a bigger part of the solution.”
What innovations do you see in this areas?