Friday, September 3, 2010

Aviation: AirAsia retires the last Boeing

20 August 2010

As from today, AirAsia flies entirely Airbus aircraft. The airline says that using single make - with as few models as possible - increases efficiency in a number of ways:

- crew do not need to be trained on multiple aircraft types - a substantial cost for carriers with a mix of e.g. Boeing and Airbus and a range of different models and configurations

- the stock of spares required is much reduced, thereby cutting overhead and the risk that stock will become redundant and therefore significantly reduce in value

- servicing is cheaper: maintenance crews do not have to be trained on multiple aircraft and work more quickly because they work exclusively on one kind of plane.

AirAsia group inherited a mix of aircraft when it took over the airlines that became AirAsia Indonesia and AirAsia Thailand.

The Chief Officers' Network Aviation

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