This understanding is part of the reason that some OEMs
are making a push to sell their maintenance services to
airlines with new or diverse fleets. The convenience of
taking on the maintenance schedules of these new aircraft
solves many hangar and space issues; however, the OEMs
could face backlash from airline partners and third-party MRO companies, all of which derive revenue
from MRO work.
REACTING TO CHANGES
In light of these trends, airlines must consider the future of
their hangar assets and maintenance protocols.
Existing facilities will need to be adapted to incorporate
smarter technology and practices that can handle the
maintenance of legacy fleets and the influx of new
aircraft. Additionally, Boeing’s announcement of the new
midsized airplane (NMA) concept raises the likelihood of
a future with taller, longer and wider aircraft, requiring
accommodations larger than today’s hangars for standard
narrow-bodies but smaller than the hangars for today’s
Keeping these things in mind, as well as the influence
of OEM-controlled maintenance, will help airlines better
manage their maintenance needs well into the future.
Eric Bahr: linkedin.com/in/ericbahr
John Maranowicz, LEED AP BD+C,
The continued evolution of hangar
design will make flexibility more
important as new aircraft arrive.
More complex maintenance checks
and procedures affect designs, from
component shops and equipment to
the implementation of new technology.
The ever-changing nature of the
industry makes it difficult for owners
and contractors to keep up. One way to
get the most state-of-the-art systems
is to utilize the design-build delivery
method to optimize cost
Over the past several years, owners
have begun to realize the benefits of
design-build and the solutions they
bring to design and construction
obstacles. With public-private
partnership projects becoming more
prevalent, design-build project delivery
can be used to expedite project delivery
while maintaining cost and schedule
control on aviation projects.
John Maranowicz: linkedin.com/in/johnmaranowicz