With a global economic footprint of some $2.4 trillion, the consequences of workforce shortages in the aviation industry are especially problematic. Meanwhile, various studies suggest that with air transportation demand set to double by 2030, nearly a million new pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers and cabin crew will be needed to keep the industry moving forward. However, current recruitment efforts are reported to fall short of this figure.
Recently, Ryanair – the Europe's largest low-cost airline, operating around 1 600 flights daily – announced, it's considering offering streamed entertainment and Wi-Fi access for its passengers free of charge. If the trials prove popular, the service could be rolled out to its entire fleet of around 300 Boeing aircraft. Moreover, in October 2014, United Airlines also announced plans to roll out Wi-Fi to its fleet of over 200 regional jets, delivering download speed of up to 9.8 Mbps. In the meantime, however, as Wi-Fi quickly turns into a major battleground in the quest to attract passengers, it may bring about some changes in the MRO segment as well.> More...
According to a 30-year aircraft procurement plan the U.S. Defence Department submitted to Congress three years ago, it would be at least 10 years before new strategic airlifters and long-range bombers are produced and delivered. In the meantime, during the Aero India 2015 the CEO of RAC MiG stated the corporation is considering prolonging the service age of its MiG-29 aircraft by almost 2 times - to 40 years. However, while sustainment of aging aircraft is clearly becoming more and more important for the Air Forces worldwide, the operators will need to revamp their practices to make them more efficient and less costly.
FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, is pleased to announce the signing of a Base Maintenance agreement with Turkmenistan Airlines. Under the agreement, FL Technics will provide C-Check support for the carrier’s five Boeing 737 NG aircraft.
Despite the fact that aviation industry creates around 6.7 million jobs and $6.8B for African GDP, it still remains an area for concern. There are a lot of factors to blame for such a performance, including limited technology, poor policing, cumbersome airport fees and taxes on jet fuel (which are about 20% higher than elsewhere on the globe), as well as the lack of political will. Nevertheless, first and foremost in order to start moving forward, the region has to properly address its MRO capabilities in both short and long term perspectives.