Aviall Services (Booth No. 1437), a provider of aftermarket parts and services, reports that its Logistics and Inventory Flight Team (LIFT) program launched last fall is proving popular with customers. The goal of the LIFT program, which provides custom inventory and logistics solutions to individual helicopter operators, is to help those operators lower direct operating costs based on their individual needs.
Supply chain management
Since diversifying into a sales dealership last year, HelicopterBuyer (Booth No. 2056) has found a new customer base that prefers to deal with a rotorcraft’s owner rather than a succession of sales brokers. President Mark Clancy said that buying aircraft into inventory pays off for both parties.
The momentum that began to build in the used jet market late last summer is rolling into this year. Overall inventory is about where it was a year ago, but after a significant month-over-month build-up through July, sales activity heightened and just as quickly reversed direction. Between August and the middle of last month, roughly 100 more aircraft departed the market than arrived.
Charles Vehlow, newly appointed president of MD Helicopters, hopes to become the strong link in a broken supply chain that has plagued the Mesa, Ariz.-based manufacturer.
IBM predicts a sea change in the aerospace industry over the next five to 10 years, one that will transform the prevailing business model from one dominated by what IBM aerospace and defense industry sector partner Michael Hackerson called vertical silos to a more egalitarian and cooperative approach.
As airlines seek to shed costs associated with expensive component repair and overhaul (R&O) activity, lucrative opportunities are emerging for companies with the wherewithal to provide such capability. U.S. engines and avionics giant Honeywell considers itself one such entity.
Dallas, Texas-based aftermarket parts and services supplier Aviall (Stand A911) has launched Operation Global Reach, a program designed to showcase the company’s best commercial practices on material and supply chain management to the world’s military market. Services include forecasting, export licensing, reverse logistics, customer kitting and other supply chain management solutions such as certification document accessibility.
Bombardier Aerospace (Booth No. 1300) is gradually building parts inventory levels at its new super-warehouse near Germany’s Frankfurt Airport and is already beating its own performance targets at the facility, which opened last December. By the end of next month, the airframer expects to have some 25,000 individual parts on the shelves, a total that could grow to 40,000.
The completion two months ago of Dubai International Capital’s £700 million ($1.3 billion) takeover of Doncasters has brought stability and fresh opportunity to the UK engineering group. Chief executive Eric Lewis has confirmed that the firm will now target acquisition opportunities in North America and Asia.
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.