May 21, 2018

Big U.S. Carriers Seek Long-term Profitability

InsideMRO Leasing

Art of Lease Returns

COMMERCIAL AVIATION

UNFULFILLED PROMISE

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Big U.S. Carriers Seek Long-term Profitability

>U.S. AIRLINES HAVE NOT LOST MONEY SINCE 2009 >NEW APPROACH FOCUSES ON SUSTAINED PROFITS

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InsideMRO Leasing

Art of Lease Returns

Keeping the interests of operator, lessor and MRO provider in step for end-of-lease aircraft

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

UNFULFILLED PROMISE

> AIRBUS CUTS A330-FAMILY PRODUCTION BECAUSE OF LOW DEMAND > MOST OF INSTALLED A330 FLEET TOO YOUNG TO BE REPLACED > KEY CUSTOMERS OPT FOR COMPETING BOEING 787

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InsideMRO Airline Insight

Spirit Airlines

Kirk Thornburg, Spirit Airlines vice president for technical operations, discusses the ultra-low-cost carrier’s maintenance strategy, its vendors and why it’s buying aircraft coming off lease. Thornburg spoke with Lee Ann Shay shortly after winning A4A’s Nuts and Bolts award in April

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Some Assembly Required

> EIGHT CELLS COMPRISE BOEING 777X HORIZONTAL BUILD LINE > WINGS ARE IN PRODUCTION FOR FIRST THREE FLIGHT-TEST 777X AIRCRAFT AND THE STATIC AIRFRAME

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InsideMRO Parts

Going Digital

MROs join specialist parts traders in using e-commerce platforms

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InsideMRO Operations

Shifting Gears

Numerous changes underway could affect landing gear design, testing and operation

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SPACE

SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 Aces First Mission

> SPACEX PLANNING TO BUILD FLEET OF 30-50 BLOCK 5 BOOSTERS > ROCKET DESIGNED TO FLY 10+ TIMES WITH MINIMAL REFURBISHMENT

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InsideMRO Operations

Teardown Turmoil

Aircraft salvagers adjust to shifting markets and supply conditions

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DEFENSE

Boeing and U.S. Air Force at Odds Over KC-46

> AIR FORCE VIEWS BOEING’S GOAL OF DELIVERING 18 TANKERS BY YEAR-END AS TOO OPTIMISTIC > BOEING MUST RESOLVE SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT DESIGN FLAWS

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