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How to prepare for a smooth return to service?

For Airlines

Ramping up in such a volatile context will be challenging for all players in the industry, but even more so for Airlines. From preparing the aircraft to go back to the skies, to effectively setting up new safety requirements, the activities to perform will be many, complex and probably a first ever in such volumes. But as always, Airbus will remain by your side, to make sure you get off to a flying restart.


Continue preserving cash and reducing costs


Although passenger demand is picking up, caution will be required due to the volatility of the situation. Keeping an eye on cash preservation and cost optimisation is necessary to ensure competitiveness is maintained while ramping up. A variety of options are available to achieve these goals. Have you thought about switching weight variant to save on your airport and navigation charges? Have you considered reaching out to Airbus Consulting to perform a financial analysis with a focus on cash flow? What about postponing maintenance tasks on Aircraft Structure with AMPES?


Anticipate and plan reactivation of assets


Activating assets at large scale is probably a rare activity your maintenance teams will be performing. Anticipating and planning the actions required before return to service is key for success. The Skywise Return-To-Service (RTS) app is specifically designed for this purpose. It enables you to decide which aircraft is to return to service first based on the cost and maintenance effort needed. Additionally, you could use the Tailored Maintenance Planning service, to easily take into account any AMM chapter 10 task deviations or clock stoppage.


Ensure part availability


While planning the return to service of your fleet, you will need to ensure the availability for parts, as all the players on the market will probably be doing so at the same time. Anticipation will be key to escape the sudden rise of demand on the market. To facilitate this, Satair can provide you with a list of consumables and expendables that you will need based on the aircraft type. This surge in demand will also be affecting component repair requests. We therefore recommend to send for repair your unserviceable components sooner rather than later. Alternatively, take a look at Satair's Used Serviceable Part catalogue for the best cost efficiency.


Track maintenance tasks


Keeping track of all the maintenance tasks you will be performing could quickly become overwhelming due to the volume of activities needed for the return-to-service. Applicable to mixed-fleets, eTech 3D Repair is a new mobile solution to assess, report and keep record of structural damages with all repair details. On top of damage reporting, TESTIA offers a full range of products and equipment which aim at reducing inspection time, as well as facilitating defect detection.


Ensure safety for your passengers


Once all maintenance tasks have been carried out on your fleet, you may be asked to perform a Maintenance Check Flight in the frame of your company policy or on request by your local authority. We can perform this flight for you or alternatively, you could train your crew so they can excecute it autonomously with the Technical Flight Familiarization course. Ensuring safety at all times is essential to restore passenger trust. Have you heard of the partnership Satair has signed with Airdal for distributing their long-lasting coating solution protected by an antimicrobial agent?


Absorb gradual route and fleet increase


With growing numbers of aircraft returning to service, your flight operations may become difficult to handle and plan efficiently. Our team of experts from Navblue and Airbus Consulting Services can provide you with the necessary expertise to optimise aircraft utilization, route planning or crew scheduling. 


Maintain team competencies and develop people


During the past months, many of your staff won't have been regularly performing their usual tasks. Making sure they are ready for the ramp-up will mean they'll be operational and efficient a lot faster. Whether it be for the flight crew or your maintenance teams, we have developed refresher courses to prepare your team for the return to service. Have you checked if your pilots' licences are all still current? In the event they aren't, the Pilot Recency Training course will allow them to operate again. In all cases, appropriate training scenarios and exercises could be arranged to meet your recency/refresher training requirements.

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