Increasing composite application to raise HR-related MRO expenses

FL Technics TrainingSpurred by high fuel costs and the need to cut weight, the aviation industry has seen the use of composites reach an all-time high. With the introduction of Boeing 787, Airbus A350, A320neo, 737MAX and other new generation aircraft, the MRO industry is currently gearing up to service an increasing number of airliners employing a much higher share of composite materials than they represented some 20 years ago. This process has been naturally followed by the investments into new equipment and technical training. However, is the industry aware of the actual implications of the upcoming changes?

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Narrow bodies put increased demand for modernisation

AviTrader MRO magazine

Along  with  the  steady  recovery  of  the  avia- tion  industry  worldwide,  the  MRO  business is naturally  expected  to hold  fairly  steady  in 2014. This also applies to the airframe MRO segment. The statistics from various sources suggest  that  the  largest  amount  of works  in the segment are to be conducted  on the Air- bus A320, closely followed by the Boeing 737 family. In the meantime, the scope of services to be delivered on these aircraft should reach $7 billion, divided almost equally between Airbus' products products (about $3.5 billion) and Boeing ’s machines (about $3.4 billion).

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China's declining competitiveness opens new opportunities for younger market players

FL Technics TrainingIn order to compete with powerful OEMs many engine and component MROs must concentrate on developing innovative solutions and seek new ways to increase efficiency. Most airframe providers, however, seem to be faced with no such challenges.  According to the recent projections, the value of the global airframe MRO market is to reach $17.5 billion in 2014. This indicates a stable and sustainable growth within the segment. However, the situation varies from region to region. With the latest slow-down in the Chinese economy which is now growing at a pace of 7-8% a year (down from 10-11%), the demand for air travel and, in turn, MRO support in the country has significantly dropped.

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The popularity of narrowbody aircraft to increase the demand for modernization

FL Technics EngineeringDuring the last few years the global aviation industry has demonstrated an impressive growth thus naturally prompting the development of the aircraft maintenance market. TeamSAI forecasts that this year the global MRO market will be worth approximately $60 billion and should reach almost $90 billion by 2024. The airframe MRO segment is expected to account for about $18 billion whilst around $9 billion are to be spent on maintaining narrowbody aircraft alone. However, according to industry experts, considering the latest trends most of the upcoming growth is expected to be fuelled by the demand for various modernization services.

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FL Technics Training joins European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee

FL Technics TrainingFL Technics, a global provider of aviation technical training services, is delighted to announce its acceptance to become a member of the European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee (EAMTC). By joining the EAMTC the company has expressed its commitment towards supporting the organization on its mission to promote European aviation safety standards through training both regionally and globally. 

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Fleet-related dynamics in the Asia Pacific to influence the demand for qualified technical personnel

FL Technics TrainingThe last several years have been especially favourable for the aviation industry in the Asia-Pacific, especially so for the local low cost carriers. According to the latest estimates, at the moment there are 47 LCCs in the region, operating around 1,000 aircraft and accounting for about 20% of the region's seat capacity. With the growing appetite of Asian travellers as concerns cheap air travel solutions, most of the major aircraft manufacturers have released a number of impressive forecasts with regard to aircraft demand in the Asia Pacific. However, as there are signs that the local fleets are actually outgrowing the existing demand, local carriers will probably be not the only ones to face certain challenges.

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