Looking ahead: Maintenance forecasts
from Airline Fleet Management
For Southwest Airlines, which operates 665 aircraft, MRO costs are high. About 30 of Southwest's aircraft are undergoing maintenance checks at any given time, so as John Brutag, the company's director of aircraft standards, puts it, MRO takes up "a considerable chunk of change." Reducing those costs is a priority for any aircraft operator. Brutag says the biggest challenge for an airline that is trying to schedule maintenance is dealing with an MRO's business model, which sometimes works against the operator's best interests.
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