CFM International has become the highest-rated customer service MRO company, beating out Boeing, which held that position for the last two years, based on the third annual Air Transport Aftermarket Customer Satisfaction Survey, done cooperatively by Inside MRO, Air Transport World and AeroDynamic Advisory.
The aviation aftermarket is starting to rebound, but it will be anything but a smooth, steady climb upward. The uneven path is sure to include some jagged spikes that will hurt. While conventional wisdom predicted that the Asia-Pacific market would recover first because it was the first affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, now even that does not seem clear.
EASA plans to mandate inspections of certain Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 low-pressure turbine (LPT) discs following word from the manufacturer that contact between the parts and nearby seals can lead to cracks.
The past financial crisis in 2008 led to an aftermath with airlines retiring hundreds of aircraft per year, and with it the availability of used serviceable material (USM) exploding. This offered airlines cheap alternatives to expensive purchases of new parts or repairs.
Whilst the coronavirus pandemic evolves, the aviation industry has begun to see some positive changes, including the grounding of aircraft. As more and more airlines increase capacity, Aviation Week's Fleet Discovery details* the top 10 parked commercial aircraft by engine.
COVID-19 Crisis Accelerates Retirement Of The A380
The novel coronavirus has led many carriers worldwide to re-adjust their fleet plans to preserve liquidity and streamline their operations. Given the cost of operating older, maintenance-intensive widebody aircraft during a period of soft travel demand, some casualties of the pandemic have not been surprising.