AeroTurbine, a subsidiary of International Lease Finance Corp., is adding logistics centers in Dubai, London, Los Angeles and Singapore, to accommodate a spike in demand for integrated inventory and aftermarket services—from warehousing and logistics to managed parts repair and exchange programs.
Josh Abelson, AeroTurbine’s senior VP, says customers “have significant concerns with new aircraft deliveries, changing line stations and retirements of aging fleets. All those business conditions place pressure on their logistics infrastructure, and the associated inventory (coming and going) is an obvious financial burden.”
Abelson says original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are challenged by some of the same pressures as airlines, which demand turnkey support services.
Following this model, AeroTurbine in April launched its own OEM services division with Moog. The contract calls for AeroTurbine to support Moog’s assets on the, 747-800 and .
All of its facilities are linked to the company’s primary distribution center in Florida and use Compass, AeroTurbine’s proprietary Web-based portal, for real-time order and parts tracking. Compass “gives our OEM partners and their customers real-time access to our inventory on a much more local level,” around the clock, says Abelson.
AeroTurbine plans to add “additional centers” in the next 12 months as partners produce the787, and Airbus A350, he says.