January 14th, 2013 by admin
Airline industry considers airplane maintenance outsourcing to one of most effective way to cut cost. But most are concerned about safety of the offshore maintenance facilities when aviation industry is awaiting implementation of the new Transportation Security Administration security rule for strengthening domestic and the foreign aircraft repair station against terrorist threat. Safety at maintenance facilities is the subject of investigation conducted is National Public Radio (NPR). The NPR which is recently published three part series. This has energized the ongoing debate about outsourcing of airline maintenance for repair shop overseas.
For many frequent fliers this is the news. The growing cost cutting approach. However this has been at forefront of the controversy for few years. Drowning the financial pressure and suffering from hard hit economic crises in month after 9/11. The aviation industry scrambled to find way to cut cost in order to stay the afloat. Airlines started to increase profit by reducing the flight volume and implementing the other passenger amenity change that dismayed many no. of travelers. Travelers however have been largely not aware of another cost cutting approach which is an increasing amount of the airlines have adopted.
Airline industry say outsourcing is one of most effective way to cut cost. This has also become popular as less and less airlines has sent their planes into own local repair shop. Instead opt for the less expensive private maintenance. In 2008 audit that was conducted by Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG) nine major air carriers, Air Tran Airways, America West Airlines, Alaska airlines, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, South west Airlines and the United Airlines outsourced seventy one percent of heavy airframe maintenance check in 2007. Almost twenty seven percent of this heavy airframe repair was outsourced to the repair shop overseas. Roughly twenty percent of this heavy airframe repair was outsourced to repair shop overseas.