Last month Bombardier inaugurated its 238,000-sq-ft distribution center near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The “superwarehouse,” located less than five miles from the airport, is managed in partnership with Caterpillar Logistics Services.
Aviall of Dallas has teamed with Click Commerce to help it undertake collaborative commerce with its suppliers and customers. Aviall claims to be the world’s largest independent distributor of new aviation parts.
CRS continues to expand support for the business jet community by increasing its parts distribution for Challengers, Gulfstreams, Learjets, Hawkers and Falcons. It has added inventory of high-usage parts to the company’s West Coast facility in Chatsworth, Calif. CRS specializes in support programs for corporate aircraft operators around the world.
Aerospace Products International (API), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, has instituted a new program to enhance spares availability for Beechcraft owners, operators and maintenance providers. API, which provides distribution and supply chain services to the aviation industry, has purchased an inventory of Beech legacy spare parts to support all Beech models including the King Air, Baron and Bonanza.
Last year, representatives for Aero Products Component Services (Booth No. 1223) realized that the company was running out of warehouse and overhaul space. That’s not necessarily bad news, and the helicopter support company has since expanded with a 10,500-sq-ft addition at its Tempe, Ariz. corporate headquarters.
Bombardier Aerospace officially opened earlier this month a 56,000-sq-ft parts distribution center in Frankfurt, Germany. The Canadian OEM began increasing parts availability in Europe in February by adding inventory to its London warehouse. These and other efforts to improve parts availability and distribution speed are part of an effort by the company to significantly upgrade customer support.
The last time used-jet offerings reachedthe current level, the number of aircraft on the market was on an ascent, whereas this time around the market continues a three-year trend toward lower ground, solidifying pricing as the trajectory dips further. It has been nearly five years since the pre-owned jet inventory held fewer than 1,600 aircraft for sale, and the reduction comes amid an ever-increasing fleet of aircraft.
Heli-Mart of Costa Mesa, Calif., has bought nine MD 520Ns and a 300C previously operated by the Phoenix Police Department. An inventory of serviceable spare parts and engines, worth nearly $1.5 million, is now available for purchase.
Canadian manufacturer Bombardier has the considerable task of supporting some 5,200 aircraft of many types, from vintage Series 20 Learjets to the latest Global Expresses, plus regional airliners and amphibian bombers. This involves more than 120,000 different spare parts that must be shipped on short notice to service centers around the world.
Duplicating the superheated activity that defined the pre-owned market last year doesn’t look likely as this year’s used landscape begins to take shape. Early indications during the first quarter point to a market cooling to a more normal level. After a few consecutive years of lower-trending inventory, which as recently as January dipped below 1,600, the market has turned tail and now is closer to the 12-month moving average.