A recent article in ATW (Air Transport World) titled “Airlines eye retiring older aircraft if fuel costs continue to rise” caught my eye. It is a perfect example of how planners must react to change in their day to day work. Clearly, as airlines retire old aircraft and make heavier use of newer aircraft, long range maintenance plans are going to need reworking.

Making it easier to react to change is a key benefit of using IFS Maintenix Fleet Planner. It can help determine how many aircraft can go, and when. And it can help the airline decide on the best solution for the return of aircraft to a leasing company or storage by enabling the planner to test different scenarios.

By rerunning your current heavy maintenance plan with new exit dates of the outgoing aircraft, the planner will have a solution or several solutions based on different modeling of business rules (projected exit dates, required MTX before return to lease etc.).  Using Fleet Planner, the planner can show his/her solutions in a comparison view for anyone to see and decide on the best plan.  All plans developed can be saved should a need arise for a future change in the plan.

"The planner will have a solution or several solutions based on different modeling of business rules"

Should the fleet grow or the less efficient aircraft be replaced by newer aircraft, this can also be worked into the plan once the data is set up (Aircraft tail number, Maintenance requirements etc.). And to communicate the plan, users have access to the published plan on line, or with Excel and PDF reports for those that have a need for them.

Read more about the IFS Maintenix Fleet Planner solution and learn how we can help you find answers to those hard planning questions.