November 11, 2013
Credit: Air Canada
Maintenance, other than line maintenance, has not really been a priority for alliances—but since they have made some joint seat purchases, perhaps it is time to look at leveraging aftermarket expenditures.
For instance, Star Alliance has a Web-based exchange where all its member airlines trade surplus spare parts from their inventories. The portal, which is operated in cooperation with Aeroxchange, has been up and running since the middle of last year, and says Christian Klick, a Star Alliance vice president, “We have since then seen constantly rising activities and have recorded savings versus OEM prices in low double-digit millions of U.S. dollars, which is very promising for this fairly young alliance initiative.”