With the industry’s eyes turning to the MRO Americas show in Dallas for a week in April, we’ve put together an article about the rich and varied maintenance, repair and overhaul landscape in the Americas region. The Americas has a long history in aerospace and a wide variety of contributors to the MRO industry – both large and small in size – and while North America particularly is a mature market, there is still room for growth.
The nature of that growth is somewhat uncertain though, with the Covid crisis having a big impact on the market, not least on the already major challenge of finding a solution to the shortfall in qualified maintenance technicians. “Now that the recovery is taking hold, the industry is finding it difficult to ramp-up hiring as quickly as desired due to the reduced pool of available talent,” notes StandardAero’s president of Airlines & Fleets Lewis Prebble. This only serves to highlight the importance of MRO companies forging relationships with technical colleges and other higher education institutions to find and nurture new talent.
We spoke to four companies about the current MRO landscape in the Americas and its future in our cover story this issue (p22).
One of the mainstays of that MRO landscape in the Americas – and globally – is the Boeing 737 family, whose importance as one of the most-produced jet airliner families in history can hardly be overstated. In our feature on p32, we asked experts to identify current trends in the 737 MRO business and assess what the future may bring. We also spoke to Fokker Services Americas’ managing director Craig Winter about what it takes to maintain the 737 family from the perspective of a component MRO specialist (p40).
Elsewhere in the issue, the Pratt & Whitney GTF programme is in the spotlight (p46), while in our regular ‘Industry voices’ section (p10), CFM International explains its approach to MRO and its commitment to an open and competitive market.
Finally, in the run-up to the 2022 Predictive Aircraft Maintenance conference, to be held at the Pan Pacific London hotel on 15-16 November, we have introduced a new column on all things predictive maintenance – starting with an insightful Q&A with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance.
I hope you enjoy reading the issue.