Strategies for Reducing Airplane Downtime

Aircraft Downtime is the time that the aircraft is out of operation when it is supposed to be flying and generating revenue. Scheduled and preventive maintenance is usually performed when the system is not required to be operational and this is not counted as downtime.

In the airline industry, every minute of downtime due to equipment failure impacts operations significantly. For example, the cost per hour of downtime per aircraft is around 10,000 USD (IATA). Therefore, efficient operation, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) processes that help to maximize equipment availability while keeping costs low are mandatory.

What we want is for the aircraft to fly with as minimal interruption as possible and with maximum availability.

All sources that are potential generators of the airplane downtime large and small should be tackled by the appropriate team to minimize their impact to the lowest amount possible.

In retrospect, reducing aircraft downtime is easier said than done. However, if the maintenance event is planned using logic and rational methods, the success of reducing downtime or delivering the aircraft on time increases considerably reducing maintenance costs and increasing aircraft availability.

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Table of Contents

Maintenance Downtime
Delays, Cancellations, and IFSD
Aircraft Rotation
Trends, industry practices, etc.

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