Day 2 of the ALTA CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference wrapped up with a Tuesday agenda including hundreds of more one-on-one mini-meetings between airline technical purchasing executives and industry suppliers, as well as panel discussions, interactive sessions, working meetings, and business networking. In addition, more than 60 aviation industry providers showcased their goods and services during a table top exhibition.
MRO Strategic Quality and Safety Systems
Aeroman CEO Alejandro Echeverría led an interactive session which discussed maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) strategic quality and safety systems. Key topics of the discussion included:
• Defining a company’s strategy defines how a company will compete to occupy a unique place in the market
• Competitive advantage is the biggest driver to achieve uniqueness
• The main competitive advantage in the MRO industry relies on a strong quality and safety system, which can improve productivity, develop continuous improvement culture, increase customer satisfaction, and increase innovation.
Latin America and Caribbean Growth
Zulu Global Independent Aviation Executive Mike Garcia moderated a panel discussion on the region’s growth. Speakers included Copa Airlines Vice President of Technical Operations Ahmad Zamany, Boeing Vice President of Customer Support Americas Larry Slate, Aviation Inflatables President German Alvarez, and Lufthansa Technik Vice President Corporate Sales Latin America and the Caribbean Jorge Femerling.
The Latin America and Caribbean aviation industry has surpassed projections and doubled passenger traffic over the past 10 years, despite a challenging environment of high taxes and fees, high fuel costs, and insufficient infrastructure to name a few. Today’s panel discussed the importance of what this means for the region’s supply chain structure and if airlines are being appropriately served in terms of competitive costs and service, and the challenges and opportunities in order to meet this growing demand.
In order to meet the projected growth, there is a need for more MRO services in the region. Airlines and authorities need to work in collaboration to make this happen.
There are ample opportunities for creating jobs in the area of aviation maintenance, and the industry is actively pursuing a variety of initiatives, such as grant programs, focused on recruiting new technicians and providing necessary training.
ALTA’s Director of Industry Affairs Karolina Torres moderated a panel discussion including Copa Airlines Vice President Technical Operations Copa Airlines, Aeromexico Corporate Senior Vice President Maintenance and Engineering Jorge Jácome Armida, Avianca Vice President of Maintenance and Operations Miguel Montoya, and LATAM Airlines Vice President Strategic Sourcing Technical and Supplier Management Francisco Sanchez Arrieta.
As a result of external economic forces, airlines have recently increased their debt ratio and this has generated three trends, including an increase in fleet utilization, an increase in average fleet age, and deliveries deferrals. Technical departments have seen the need to adjust to these forces and reinvent their processes.
They reiterated as mentioned in the earlier panel that there is a need and potential opportunity for investment in repair shops located within the Latin American and Caribbean region. Airlines agreed to conduct a survey to better identify specific needs and what parts of the region where investments should be focused.
Airlines Recognize Industry Suppliers
During the airline technical purchasing and maintenance meeting held during the 2016 ALTA CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference, participating airlines, led by ALTA member airlines, agreed to introduce a program to evaluate suppliers. The objective is to create awareness of airline needs and quality from suppliers in order to achieve their common goal of being more efficient and to comply with processes established by the quality systems of airlines. The evaluation covers several categories, including customer support and documentation, turn-around time, and supplier quality. The results of the annual survey are announced each year at the ALTA CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference. Over the past year, the region’s airlines evaluated more than 200 suppliers.
During the conference, the airlines recognized the following industry suppliers for excelling in customer support, turn-around time, and quality service: Amsafe; Aviall, Inc.; Boeing; Embraer; GE Aviation; HEICO; Honeywell; KLX Aerospace Solutions; Medcraft, Inc.; Panasonic Avionics; PartsBase, Inc.; Rockwell Collins; Saywell International, Inc.; Standard Aero; and STS Aviation Group.
About ALTA CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference
ALTA’s CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference is a unique three-day event that brings together Latin American and Caribbean technical purchasing and maintenance airline representatives, and industry suppliers. The conference creates the convenient opportunity for industry professionals to network, exchange ideas, debate issues and challenges, and gather knowledge. The mission of the ALTA CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference is to be the premier annual maintenance and technical purchasing conference focusing on four key industry pillars – innovation, technology, efficiency and regulations – in order to develop effective solutions that maximize aviation’s economic and social footprint in the region.
This year’s ALTA CCMA & Aircraft MRO conference is being held May 14 – 17, 2017, at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Over 750 delegates from around the world are attending, including more than 100 airline participants, as well as nearly 700 representatives from hundreds of aviation MROs, repair stations, and other industry providers from around the world. As in prior years, the conference sold out weeks in advance of its opening date…Fuente: http://www.alta.aero/ccma/2017/home.php