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Spairliners. “We are investing for 47 aircraft,” he said. Moreover, the greater inventory and

number of stock locations reduces the lead time to have one part delivered. “Operators can’t afford a delay,” Fattelay stressed. Finally, Spairliners people speak

the airlines’ language, Fattelay highlighted. “We think in terms of operations, AOG (aircraft on ground) and availability,” he noted. His competitors are Airbus and OEMServices, a “component availability” organization founded by several equipment manufacturers. In terms of market share, Spairliners

is on target, at 33 percent. As of late March, it was supporting eight of the 24 A380s in service. The goal of 30 percent was stated as early as 2005, when the formation of Spairliners was announced. The kind of components Spairliners is

dealing with is mainly line-replaceable units (LRUs). Their value is between $1,000 and $1 million each. The company has no plan to offer major components such as engines or structural parts.


The biggest components Fattelay

and his team has to cope with are the central refrigeration unit, the air generation unit and the escape slides. “They fit in a cargo airplane or the hold of a passenger aircraft,” Fattelay said. These are not necessarily Air France or Lufthansa aircraft. Sometimes, Spairliners may even charter a business jet. With Qantas, the main base of which

is obviously far from Spairliners founders’ main bases, Fattelay and his team have defined different stock locations. Depending on how critical a part is, it can be stored in CDG or Sydney. In addition to Paris, Sydney and

Lufthansa’s Frankfurt base, some parts are stored at airports served by customers. Airlines thus host spares in Johannesburg, Melbourne, Singapore, New York, Los Angeles and London Heathrow. All Spairliners’ customers can benefit from this extended network. This is a solidarity clause in contracts. Air France Industries and Lufthansa

Technik realized they had to join forces partly because they were experiencing

Conference: 25th-26th May 2010 Pre-Conference Workshop: 24th May 2010 Venue: Le Méridien Piccadilly London


The Latest Technological Developments, Strategies and Design Methods for Improving Aviation Repair and Enhancing Maintenance Effi ciency


Maintenance procedures with discussions about emerging technologies that will help units improve their methods and techniques

Solutions to combat strain on equipment in order to

strengthen a unit’s endurance in theatre

Current structural grades and programme management of aircraft as well as discussion on elements including navigation systems, engine and fuel tank reliability

Lean and Continuous Improvement options for militaries and

whether this is the best way to maximise effi ciency


09.30-12.30: Combat Maintenance: How to Improve Effi ciency and Increase Survivability

Led by Lt Col Fernando Teixeira Mendes Abrahão, Brazilian Air Force


Lt Col Fernando Teixeira Mendes Abrahão, Brazilian Air Force Lt. Colonel Ruggero Valerio, Head of Tornado Tech.-Logistics

Department, Italian Air Force

Wing Commander Martin Gibson, Continuous Improvement

Team, Management Consultancy Services, HQ AIR, Royal Air


Lt. Colonel Roberto Farris, Fighters Jet Logistics &

Maintenance, Italian Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Kothe, German Air Force

Major Chris Evans, Directorate of Aviation Repair and Safety,

United Kingdom Ministry of Defence

Björn ‘Psycho’ Persson, Air Combat Training School, Swedish

Armed Forces

Bruno Delannoy, A400M Programme Manager, OCCAR-EA

Baudouin Heuninckx, Former A400M Logistics Support

Offi cer OCCAR-EA, University of Nottingham

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rising costs in component repair. Limiting these costs are the raison d’être for Lufthansa’s and Air France Industries’ repair facilities in, respectively, Hamburg and Villeneuve-le-Roi, near Paris Orly. Moreover, to reach a strong enough scale effect, the two partners cover a scope of 1,300 part numbers. Spairliners has an inventory of 1,000 single parts. For one part number, Spairliners has 1-10 single parts, depending on how frequently it has to be replaced. Some long-life part numbers will be ordered later, if ever needed. The total value of Spairliners’ inventory is in the high double digit million dollars, according to Fanta. With the planned delivery of more A380s to Spairliners’ customers, the inventory is growing by another 200- 300 single parts this year. The total number of parts will then be great enough to support “almost 20 A380s.” In three years from now, Fanta sees the

inventory in the low three-digit million dollars. The economies of scale will thus be greater. Workforce should, at the same time, grow to 15-17, Fanta estimated.



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