Air Transport World

Budget escalation persists. (airline maintenance industry)

Airline maintenance budgets, which repesent about 11% of total operating costs, rose 9.8% this year and are expected to grow by an additional 5.2% in 1993, according to some 40 carriers who replied to a special Air Transport World survey and whose responses are tabulated on these pages. These carriers are spending nearly $6 billion on maintenance this year.

Interestingly, maintenance employment is up only 1.8% this year and the carriers expect staff levels to remain 11at in 1993. Some 16-17% of all airline employees are found in maintenance departments, according to the survey.

In other survey results, the carriers attributed much of the rise in their maintenance spending to increases in fleet size, and 37% reported that they contract out haft or more of their maintenance.

MAINTENANCE FACILITIES

Carriers were asked to describe the size, age and location of their existing maintenance facilities, along with their future construction plans. Here are their replies:

Aeromonterrey: Shop/warehouse/offices totaling 150 sq. ft., plus ramp positions for line maintenance. …

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