The FL Technics executive attributes savings to three areas. First, number of staff, since he say over-staffing is common with in-house maintenance. Second, non-union workers, which allows for more flexibility in shift assignments. Third, having the same staff support several carriers, flight schedules permitting.
Butautis says the major hurdles are resistance by in-house staff and, for flag carriers, political resistance. But managers must focus on cost per turnaround, cost per check and reliability. “Get alternative quotations from trusted third-party providers. If savings are 25-50%, it is worthwhile to mobilize the board. In certain countries, TUPE arrangements can be made to ease the risk of people losing jobs.”