Air Transport World

Maintenance costs rising, ATW survey shows. (Air Transport World)

World airline spending on maintenance and engineering activities rose 2.8% to $9.66 billion in 1983 and is expected to jump 7.8% to about $10.4 billion this year, according to projections based on Air Transport World's annual M&E survey.

Some 50 carriers, representing about 43% of the world's traffic, responded to the survey. The 46 who provided data on their 1983 M&E expenditures reported total spending of almost $4 billion during the year. Some 26% of the carriers said that their 1983 M&E spending was lower than in 1982, and some 17% expect their spending to be level or down in 1984.

M&E employment was down 1.1% to a projected 191,396 in 1983, but is expected to rise 3.6% this year, the survey indicates. Some 18.9% of all airline employes are engaged in maintenance and engineering, according to the survey.

Thirty-two of the airlines, or 61%, reported that they plan to make significant expenditures on new M&E facilities and equipment in the next two years. Their planned spending totals $263 million.

Some 85% of the responding carriers perform maintenance for other airlines, and 38 carriers reported revenues totaling $886 million from outside maintenance in 1983. Leaders were Air France with revenues of $170 million, Swissair with $105 million, United with $96 million and KLM with $84 million. The services offered by the responding carriers are detailed in the accompanying table. Manufacturer/vendor support

ATW asked the carriers to comment on the quality of support they are receiving from primary manufacturers and from equipment vendors, and to describe any changes they would like to see in this support. …

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