Poll: Will demand for mobile engine services continue after travel bans are lifted?

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the airline industry, which could result in the commercial aviation MRO market dollar demand declining 25-30% this year, compared to what Aviation Week Network forecasted before the outbreak.

This means the market demand will decrease from $91.2 billion to $64-73 billion in 2020, when looking at potential scenarios, with engine maintenance comprising 42% of it, a newly revised Aviation Week forecast projects.

Learn more about how engine OEMs are feeling the pain, on the production and aftermarket sides.

Lufthansa Technik agrees that engines powering passenger aircraft will be affected more than freighters. “Lufthansa Technik never operated our [engine shop] production with backlogs,” instead focusing on “efficient wing-to-wing turnaround times to reduce asset cost. Therefore this part of the business was hit first even though we started preparations for the crisis early,” says Dietmar Focke, head of engine services.

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However, Lufthansa Technik’s mobile engine services repair stations in Frankfurt, Germany; Montreal, Canada; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Shenzhen, China are each fully operational, and “seeing requests for events that were originally planned as major interventions,” says Focke.

Read the full article - Engine MRO Predictions: Widebodies Down, Mobile Services Up. 

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