Ship it AOG, a business aircraft parts distributor, has relocated to a larger facility at Dallas Addison Airport. A new 7,000-sq-ft space is nearly five times the size of the previous headquarters.
Supply chain management
Bombardier is looking to boost its parts distribution performance with the opening of two new “super warehouses.” A new facility opened at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and another new parts depot at Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport will be fully operational in November. The Frankfurt depot will be bonded, meaning that parts will clear customs as soon as they arrive and will be available for immediate distribution.
Last year, representatives for Aero Products Component Services (Booth No. 1223) realized that the company was running out of warehouse and overhaul space. That’s not necessarily bad news, and the helicopter support company has since expanded with a 10,500-sq-ft addition at its Tempe, Ariz. corporate headquarters.
Bombardier Aerospace officially opened earlier this month a 56,000-sq-ft parts distribution center in Frankfurt, Germany. The Canadian OEM began increasing parts availability in Europe in February by adding inventory to its London warehouse. These and other efforts to improve parts availability and distribution speed are part of an effort by the company to significantly upgrade customer support.
The last time used-jet offerings reachedthe current level, the number of aircraft on the market was on an ascent, whereas this time around the market continues a three-year trend toward lower ground, solidifying pricing as the trajectory dips further. It has been nearly five years since the pre-owned jet inventory held fewer than 1,600 aircraft for sale, and the reduction comes amid an ever-increasing fleet of aircraft.
Heli-Mart of Costa Mesa, Calif., has bought nine MD 520Ns and a 300C previously operated by the Phoenix Police Department. An inventory of serviceable spare parts and engines, worth nearly $1.5 million, is now available for purchase.
Duplicating the superheated activity that defined the pre-owned market last year doesn’t look likely as this year’s used landscape begins to take shape. Early indications during the first quarter point to a market cooling to a more normal level. After a few consecutive years of lower-trending inventory, which as recently as January dipped below 1,600, the market has turned tail and now is closer to the 12-month moving average.
Aerospace Products International (API), a provider of distribution and supply chain services, has been chosen by Flight Options for rotables management. API’s Electronic Supply Program (ESP) will manage Flight Options’ recertification cycle. It will also handle the associated logistics required to manage its life raft and survival equipment inventories.
Gulfstream Aerospace has released three new enhancements to CMP.net, its computerized aircraft maintenance tracking program. They are a new work order module, inventory purchase order module and smart cards designed to facilitate, capture and report day-to-day aircraft maintenance activities.
Aerospace Products International, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, has opened its newest distribution and logistics center in Shanghai, China. Aerospace Products International (Shanghai) will enhance the product distribution services that API has provided in China since 2000 and allow API to serve as a major third-party logistics provider in the Asia-Pacific region.