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Author Topic: Maintainence Contracts and possibly leading to facilities and outsourcing later  (Read 425 times)

Offline oggie84

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Tried looking for a direct thread to this but only found certain references so i'm sorry if this has been suggested before.

Anyhow, i was just reading through a thread about fuel contracts and someone casually mentioned that it would be nice if he could now have a maintainence contract for his upcoming C checks.

This actually got me thinking and it sounded like a great idea. I believe airlines in the real world outsource their maintainence or in fact do their own and offer this service to other airlines. Especailly C/D checks.

So why don't we have a similar thing like we have with fuel contracts.

Maintainence Contracts

We could have different contracts available and they all have aircraft maintainence in specialist areas so for example, one contractor has expertise in Airbus and ATR, while another has expertise in Boeing and MD's etc. These would come with heavy discounts because they are specialists in their areas but the price of the contract is much higher. For the one's who would prefer not to have a specialist could use 'general contractors' who could maintain any aircraft but at a cost to the overall aircraft condition ie, it only goes to a certain percentage (90% ?) and not 100%. These would be lower in discounted rates but relatively cheap on the contract price.

If this was around, it would also influence fleet choices rather than airlines grabbing anything and everything.

As a real world example, Flybe have a maintenance facility at Exeter where they do maintenance. They specialise in just a few types of aircraft (Q400, E-Jets, BAE146 and CRJ). I think it would be a good way of adding a bit more realism to the game aswell.

Maintainence Facilites and outsourcing

Another extension to this idea would be to allow airlines to set up their own maintenance facilities and offer contracts to other airlines. These would be very costly to set up (like bases are at the moment), possibly even much more. Discounts rates and contract prices would have to be limited to a certain extent so that it is not abused. The airline outsourcer could add addition fleet types he wants to specialise in at a generic cost which would include fees in training and engineers. The bigger the aircraft, the more it costs etc.

For their own airline fleets, it could even include a calander so that airlines could potentially put aircraft in for maintainence whenever they want without having the server/game engine determine when C/D checks are supposed to occur.
 
Flybe offer this service to make use of their maintenance facilities and engineers when they are not looking after their own fleet so we could do the same for our own. People often talk about the huge profit margins within the game so i see this as another advantage of reducing it to a certain extent aswell.

I'm no code programmer so don't heckle me on this as i've no idea what's required to put this into action. At the moment i just thought of this as an idea and would greatly appreciate any feedback or extra ideas on this matter to further develop it and see what may become.




Offline alexgv1

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Good thread, there hasn,t been dıscussıon on thıs ın a whıle.

Maintainence Contracts

We could have different contracts available and they all have aircraft maintainence in specialist areas so for example, one contractor has expertise in Airbus and ATR, while another has expertise in Boeing and MD's etc. These would come with heavy discounts because they are specialists in their areas but the price of the contract is much higher. For the one's who would prefer not to have a specialist could use 'general contractors' who could maintain any aircraft but at a cost to the overall aircraft condition ie, it only goes to a certain percentage (90% ?) and not 100%. These would be lower in discounted rates but relatively cheap on the contract price.

I agree that the contractors should be specıalısts, but I do not thınk there should be these 'general MROs' because you must have specıalıst facılıtıes for each fleet type the hangar can work on. For example, manufacturer specıfıc toolıng, type specıfıc parts, type rated maıntenance personnel. Thıs wıll then help the motıvatıon for fleet commonalıty lıke you saıd.

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Maintainence Facilites and outsourcing

Another extension to this idea would be to allow airlines to set up their own maintenance facilities and offer contracts to other airlines. These would be very costly to set up (like bases are at the moment), possibly even much more. Discounts rates and contract prices would have to be limited to a certain extent so that it is not abused. The airline outsourcer could add addition fleet types he wants to specialise in at a generic cost which would include fees in training and engineers. The bigger the aircraft, the more it costs etc.

For their own airline fleets, it could even include a calander so that airlines could potentially put aircraft in for maintainence whenever they want without having the server/game engine determine when C/D checks are supposed to occur.

As for outsourcıng maıntenance, whether wıth a player or an AI MRO I thınk there should be a certaın dıscount applıed from the base 'ın house' maıntenance prıce to make thıs proposıtıon attractıve, consıderıng that the aırcraft must fly to an outstatıon to get theır heavy checks whıch adds a fuel bıll onto the maıntenance bıll. The fuel bıll should be calculated as the same for a revenue flıght and also the flıght tımes each way should be added onto the maıntenance tıme.

Rebasıng Aırcraft

Thıs leads me to another poınt; I thınk that when rebasıng an aırcraft, the aırcraft should be avaılable to schedule ımmedıately, but the actual flıght tıme should be taken ınto account, as ıf flyıng a commercıal flıght, before ıt can resume ıts commercıal schedule at the new base. Also the prıce should be related to fuel and staff costs as ıf calculated for a commercıal flıght, not just a generıc fıgure of a few thousand dollars.

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MRO = Maıntenance, Repaır, Overhaul centre
« Last Edit: July 14, 2011, 03:00:01 PM by alexgv1 »
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