The 2013 winners of Aviation Week's MRO of the Year awards exemplify excellence in merging organizations, creating innovative high-tech repairs, developing electronic flight bags with cockpit installation processes, increasing efficiencies, and thinking creatively to innovate over decades. Our 2012 honorees—US Airways, Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. and Leading Edge Aviation Services—provide examples of how creativity and a passion for solving problems can go a long way. Aviation Week will present awards to the five winners at a ceremony at Aviation Week's MRO Americas Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta on April 16.
Under Joe Ferreira's leadership, the line maintenance organizations from Continental and United Airlines were combined into one planning department, which has decreased aircraft ground time and has kept 700-plus aircraft flying around the world—with high-reliability percentages—on a daily basis. Behind the scenes, this also means a smooth system for daily checks, ETOPS checks, supply chain movement and tools. In addition, the combined organization is working on combining processes and two separate technology systems for aircraft recordkeeping, tooling, aircraft supply chain and workload distribution across the worldwide maintenance division—all while working on separate contracts.