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More technical cooperation seen for AFRAA members. (African Airlines Association)

More technical cooperation seen for AFRAA members Casablanca--Technical cooperation between African airlines is likely to increase considerably as a result of "Engineering and Maintenance Development within African Airlines: Challenges and Opportunities." This was a five-day seminar held here for the technical directors of member airlines of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). The AFRAA meeting was chaired by Rafik Hamayed, Technical Director of Royal Air Maroc. The seminar was coordinated by AFRAA Technical Director Kassa Eskinder.

The seminar showed results even before it ended. At least one carrier made arrangements to make use of Royal Air Maroc's technical base and training facilities after having visited them. And discussions between African airline executives and guest speakers from non-African airlines and manufacturers led to promises of mutually beneficial contracts.

Proper training stressed

Frankness in the presentations made by several speakers was greatly appreciated by the AFRAA airline executives. For example David Sayre, Boeing Commercial Airplane Company's supervisor-maintenance and ground operations systems, explained the corrective actions that had been taken to solve problems connected with the 757/767 Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System (ICAS) and vacuum toilet. He also described how Boeing had changed its spares distribution system to provide better support for its products.

The Boeing representative was also frank in reminding his audience that an aircraft's dispatch reliability is adversely affected if properly trained personnel are not available. He also stressed the importance of quick and effective communication with manufacturers when problems arise.

Paul Daemen, Airbus Industrie's manager-customer support (Africa), discussed the connection between financial investment and protection levels in initial provisioning of spares. …

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