16 Feb 2023
Having a successful and efficient supply chain is critical when you have an AOG. Time is money in aviation and airlines cannot afford any delays in getting components to their grounded fleet. Specialists in logistics processes who transport parts and components globally are looking for new ways of providing efficiency in their processes.
Writing for LARA Media, Bernie Baldwin spoke to AJW’s Barry Swift, SVP Operations, about how the global parts shortage has affected logistics and MRO businesses such as AJW, and how companies are adapting to this.
AJW, a forward-thinking world leader in MRO and supply chain, is combating the current supply chain issues in various ways. Barry swift speaks about the company utilising more predictable air freight routes and developing better stock management through digital transformation processes to overcome these issues.
Businesses have been using EU and UK logistic routes however, they now find themselves in a position where these are not as reliable as they once were, and as such, stakeholders like AJW are looking to EU/UK and North American routes as part of their logistic strategy. The Group has recently expanded its operational hubs into regions such as Turkey, after seeing the need for more EU-based locations and is looking to expand further to increase its American routes.
Referring to the global logistic challenges, Barry Swift comments, “It is a positive thing for us, as it is driving change within the business.”
Companies like AJW Group, need to consider factors like availability, customer supplier location, and criticality of delivery when providing logistical support. If they do not take these factors into account, and an airline has an aircraft on the ground, they are potentially contributing to a financial loss for the airline.
As many airlines are currently using short-haul planes to fly long distances, narrowbody parts are in high demand. Other component areas seeing an upturn are avionics suite parts such as ADIRUs, weather radars, engine controllers, air turbine starters, and many more.
The fact that these parts are in high demand bodes well for suppliers and MRO companies such as AJW as 2023 looks set to be a positive and successful year.
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