When Raytheon Travel Air was established as a fractional ownership plan in August 1997 to boost sales of Raytheon Aircraft products, projections were that each airplane in the fleet would be used at least 1,000 hrs. per year, according to Ken Chitty, Travel Air's manager for maintenance operations. As Chitty explained, ``we knew we were going to see heavy usage, and would need to plan for ways to minimize downtime.'' The Travel Air fleet, which consists of three aircraft types -- the ...

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