Have you ever wondered what happens when an aircraft carrying passengers or supplies is grounded due to mechanical issues?
This is a relatively common occurrence and is refereed to as AOG (Aircraft on Ground) in the aerospace industry. As you can imagine, an AOG is extremely costly to the owner of the craft or the airline.
According to a recent study, smaller airlines dealing with AOG situations can lose more than $20,000 a day. Larger airlines in western countries with AOGs often lose upwards of $150,000 per hour that their aircraft is grounded. Losing money is a big deal for the airline industry because of the amount they have invested in each aircraft.
Airlines cannot completely prevent equipment failure or malfunctions that lead to AOGs. However, in many cases, there are hours of delay as the airline attempts to get the parts they need to make repairs and get their planes back in the air. It’s no mystery why getting the correct part can sometimes be a challenge. After all, a Boeing 737 is made up of 367,000 parts and a wide-body aircraft like the 777 is made up of over 6 million parts. Identifying which part is needed, finding where to get it from, and having it couriered or shipped can be an extensive process.
So what is the solution?
One of the ways to decrease delays related to AOGs is to work with a tech enabled 3PL that can ensure time critical deliveries or next flight out deliveries (NFO). Shipping companies like Airspace Technologies that regularly work with the airline industry have developed ways to ensure that parts are shipped as quickly as possible.
This is usually accomplished through a network of dedicated Airspace couriers that can get the part from the warehouse to wherever the plane is grounded. However, if the plane and the warehouse are located too far part, a NFO solution may be more appropriate.
An NFO solution is exactly how it sounds: through an extensive connection of airlines and couriers, the part is put on the next available flight to be delivered to the airport where the plane is grounded. This saves time as the part is not waiting for a specific airline’s next scheduled flight, which could equal hours or even days of delay.
AOGs are a source of concern for anyone in the aviation industry. By working with a shipping provider that is well-versed in how to expedite parts, the airline owner can get their plane back in the air in the least amount of time possible.