Shannon Aerospace Ltd. attributes the 24-day turntime it achieved for D checks on a pair of Croatia Airlines' Airbus A319s to Lean activities it has been putting in place to cut out waste and capitalize on efficiencies.
Here, SAL's workforce poses with aircraft 9A-CTG, the first of the two A319s to be redelivered to Croatia Airlines.
[Photo: Shannon Aerospace Ltd.]
One of the Lean techniques SAL uses is 'pulsing,' which moves an aircraft from one station to another after a certain number of hours or days, and is designed to creates urgency and flexibility. The focus on Lean also emphasizes the predictability and reliability of SAL's maintenance products, the company says.
Redelivery of the first aircraft to Croatia on Feb. 6 marked the first such turnaround for the company. It completed the D1-check plus sampling (which SAL says is the most comprehensive check possible on a 1998 aircraft), in 17 days. A seven-day paint job took the number of days to 24, which was well ahead of the contracted groundtime, SAL notes. It achieved an identical timeframe with the second aircraft.