29 Jun 2020
Support for new generation aircraft will become increasingly crucial as the aviation sector recovers and importantly, the repair of components. Keith Mwanalushi from AviTrader MRO speaks to Sajedah Rustom on how AJW Group will meet the demand.
Since the advent of the Covid-19 crisis airlines around the world have seen a significant shake-up of their fleet strategy. Several older aircraft are being prematurely retired to cut costs. Virgin Atlantic for instance immediately withdrew its entire fleet of 747-400s leaving the airline with a less fuel-guzzling twin-engine fleet post-crisis.
Sajedah Rustom, CEO at AJW Technique points out that these new fly-by-wire platforms bring next-generation material primarily into aircraft structures. “The majority of the components remain fundamentally similar to existing component repair and overhaul processes.” Rustom explains that the key differences lie with the use of electronic technologies, for example, electro-hydraulic pumps replace purely mechanical engine-driven pumps which can make the repair process more complex. “
For avionics, the challenge is more on the test side, where the component OEMs control the market through limited distribution of test equipment and software upgrades to third parties. Thankfully, AJW Technique holds strong relationships with the key component OEMs to ensure we have a diverse portfolio of offerings that are complementary and unconstrained,” she states.
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