Aerospace & Defense: Commercial Aviation



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Key Challenge: Increasingly Complicated Airline Inventory Planning

Commercial Airline
  • Synchronized maintenance and materials so aircraft are not grounded due to lack of parts
  • Lowest cost per-flight-hour including gate fees, AOG charges, and rescheduling costs
  • Lack of adequate operational data and analysis
  • Redundant layers of inventory: extra aircraft or expensive components carried to hedge against maintenance delays
  • Constantly evolving aircraft, challenging current and complete configuration, and technical information
  • Missed flight schedules and decreased customer satisfaction

PTC: Synchronized Maintenance and Materials to Maximize Efficiency and Minimize Costs

  • Increased aircraft availability and flight schedule adherence
    • Optimized inventory by location
    • Increased maintenance productivity and throughput while reducing cycle times
    • Dramatically reduced work stoppages
    • Increased revenue
  • Targeted service levels achieved at the lowest possible cost-per-flight-hour
    • Optimized inventory tuned to fleet activity to achieve a finely tuned, end-to-end aviation service supply chain
    • Optimized use of rotables and repairables
    • Strategic understanding of the material impact of strategic changes
      • E.g., fleet composition, routing, outsourcing MX and network strategies
    • Reduced gate times requiring fewer gates and fewer gate related penalties
  • Visibility to crucial areas
    • E.g., parts availability, flight operations impact, current and projected inventory levels, expected spend on repair and purchase orders, planner activity and many other role-based metrics
  • Single source to synchronize flights, maintenance and materials

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