Inventories of pre-owned business jets and turboprops continued to edge downward in March, according to the latest figures from business aviation market information firm JetNet. While turboprops are a seller’s market, for business jets “it’s still a buyer’s market, with ample inventory at near-low average asking prices,” the company said.
Supply chain management
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS), the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft, now has parts warehouse in Brazil to support commercial operators of the S-76 and S-92 in that country. Powerpack, Sikorsky’s long-standing Brazilian representative, will manage inventory operations through the country’s special customs system known as Depósito Especial.
Inventories of business jets, turboprops and turbine helicopters continued to deflate in January, business aviation market information firm JetNet said today in its latest market update.
According to JetNet, pre-owned business jet inventory in January landed at 13.2 percent of the in-service fleet, down 0.5 points from a year ago. Retail business jet sales, however, fell by 1.8 percent year-over-year, “only the second time since January 2009 that it showed a decline in full retail sale transactions,” JetNet said.
Air Comm Corporation (Booth N5015) announced Monday that the thermal management and environmental systems company recently selected Component Control’s Quantum Control logistics software solution to manage its manufacturing, business systems and inventory control operations.
A record number of pre-owned business jets changed hands worldwide last year, with 2,240 retail sales transactions logged, up from the previous peak of 2,181 in 2007, according to data released yesterday by business aircraft research firm JetNet. This high point follows three years of gains from the low of 1,539 transactions in 2009, the company added.
Duncan Aviation’s parts consignment program sold $1.07 million in consignment parts and rotables last year and saw the number of consigners increase by nearly 30 percent. Customer parts are stored in Duncan’s warehouse until sold. During the process, the consigner retains title to the inventory. Duncan Aviation also protects the consignor in case the purchaser defaults on payment and maintains insurance against casualty and subsequent loss.
Summer is typically a time the pre-owned market experiences a seasonal bump in inventory, as buyers are out using their jets to get to their favorite summer destinations and aren’t necessarily thinking of buying. This year, however, has been somewhat uncharacteristic and today’s supply of used jets is just about where it was when the year began. The lack of any wild gyrations could be a welcome sign of stability.
Component Control has released a new version of StockMarket.aero, a free online aviation parts e-marketplace. According to the company, enhancements include intuitive usability and navigation, making it quicker and easier to find qualified aviation services and parts. Stockmarket.aero lists more than 40 million line items of inventory and capability from more than 2,300 aircraft parts vendors. “Our goal with this upgrade is to provide more data at a glance, to improve the buyers’ experience and vendor visibility,” said Jason Cordoba, director of StockMarket.aero.
Boeing’s well-documented development struggles with the new 787 Dreamliner raised questions over the wisdom of its plan to reduce the number of its suppliers and to place more responsibility with them for design and management of their own supply chains.
Construction is nearing completion on A J Walter Aviation’s 60-acre headquarters and logistics campus near London Gatwick Airport. The site will include a headquarters office and storage facilities for the company’s inventory of Airbus and Boeing components and consumables.