31 May 2018
A good rotable inventory system should be able to optimise inventory and lower cost while meeting the target service. Keith Mwanalushi provides an overview of rotable pooling solutions.
Rotables’ are those components of the aircraft which need to be ‘rotated’ at frequent intervals and air operators will usually keep a stock of such items. Rotables are aircraft parts or components that are serialized and tracked on an airline’s database. It is also a part that can be rebuilt or overhauled (in-house or by a vendor) and put back in stock to use again. Rotables are basically the opposite of “expendable” (throw-away) parts.
A robust system is key to optimising inventory, says Ian Smith, Director of Commercial Strategy at AJW. “It must be clear, intuitive and above all, flexible.”
Smith says the data must be configured in a structured and accurate manner, providing strong foundations on which to build inventory holdings. “Regular housekeeping is key and should be part of day-to-day activity as opposed to an occasional project. Once a clear system is in place, decisions about what to carry where, including decisions around obsolescence, become obvious; it is evident what inventory actions are required to allow the business to meet its business targets, including customer service level commitments, whilst balancing costs.”
AJW supports the majority of Boeing and Airbus aircraft types, both narrow-body and wide-body, across all engine types; and supports all sizes and types of operators, from 1 to 300 aircraft, whether they’re scheduled, charter, LCC or freight operators.
When it comes to pooling solutions AJW does not operate a single, “one-size fits all” PBH programme for its customers. “Instead, we listen to them to understand what they need, and then build a programme specific to their requirements,” says Smith.
“Our typical PBH offering includes access to our pool of inventory, management of all component repairs, management of any warranties, and frequently the provision of an on-site inventory of operationally critical components. Our coverage is normally defined by ATA chapter rather than by specific part numbers, giving our customers peace-of-mind that when something goes wrong, we’ll cover it.”
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