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Help from outside: Airmec '85 sessions suggest maintenance cost savings. (air lines can save money with carefully planned maintenance programs)

Help from outside: Airmec '85 sessions suggest maintenance cost savings

Since airplane parts do not last forever, the cost of repair or replacement is a major item in an airline's maintenance budget. When major repair is required, and especially when the part is expensive, the question arises as to whether it is better to repair, opt for refurbished or remanufactured parts, or buy new ones as replacements. If the choice is repair or refurbishment, a further question is whether the airline should do the work itself or turn to an outside source. This was among the subjects explored at the recent Airmec '85 exhibition and conference in Dusseldorf.

Charles B. Ryan, VP-marketing at Nordam, a Tulsa, Okla.-based specialist in the repair and remanufacture of various aircraft components, proposed that the airlines could save a great deal of money through broader use of remanufactured spare parts, preferably supplied by competent independent organizations like Nordam. …

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