An airplane is checked regularly after every flight, 36 hours or every week. In a perfect world, the plane never has unforeseen issues and is only out of commission for regular maintenance. However, we all know the world is not perfect. When an aircraft breaks or becomes grounded, it can cost airlines up to $150k/hr and delay or cause cancellations nationwide. Fixing a downed aircraft is a highly sensitive priority that can be broken down into 3 steps: procuring the replacement part or tool, having that part or tool transported to the facility, and working with a maintenance team to repair the plane.While most people think that a logistics company can only impact the delivering of the part or tool, by using technology a time critical service provider like Airspace Technologies can save costs and reduce operational time in all three steps.
When an airplane becomes grounded, or an AOG (Aircraft on Ground), finding the replacement part can sometimes be difficult due to location, distance, or time of day.
Once the part is found, trying to have someone pickup and deliver that key aviation part or tool can become difficult. By using a tech-enabled, logistics company, you can quote and route orders from multiple locations with minutes instead of calling into a service desk and waiting hours for responses. This can save hours of operational time, and allow the shipment to become active faster. The faster a shipment becomes active, the faster it can be delivered.
On top of routing an order, by utilizing technology, the warehouse holding the part can be notified when the courier is within the facility. This notification allows the warehouse staff to know when drivers are arriving, what parts they are picking up, and package and label the parts or tools before the driver arrives onsite.
Now that technology has activated the time critical order faster, routing the package becomes easier. Every minute a flight takes off in the United States. This means that every minute Airspace saves during the order completion and dispatching process, potentially another flight option becomes available.
All this data is passed through algorithms that calculate the optimal path and account for data points such as the time of day, location, weather, traffic, etc.
When the part is being delivered to the facility, real-time notifications will be supplied to the customer, shipper, and any other relevant personnel. With this information, managers can staff the maintenance team to meet the aviation part or tool at the delivery location. When a logistics company doesn’t provide real-time notifications, delays can happen at any point of the delivery process. This means, in with a traditional method, instead of having the maintenance team meet the part and reduce operational costs and time, that team will be standing around waiting on a part that they have no real-time information on.