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When Will U.S. Majors Modernize Maintenance IT?

Maintenance IT vendors and consultants have been drooling for years at the prospect of one of the big-three U.S. majors replacing its 40 year-old, patch-work maintenance system with a thoroughly modern maintenance or Enterprise Resource Planning system. When might that actually happen?

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The liberalisation of African skies is often presented as a panacea to the continent’s many aviation problems (as observed last week at the African Airlines Association’s general assembly in Zimbabwe). But a look at the financial forecast provides sober reading.

According to IATA, African airlines made a loss of $700 million in 2015, a record which is expected to be followed by another loss of $500 million in 2016. This does not look promising for the continent’s MRO market.

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British airline Monarch has undergone a tumultuous week that saw it first deny rumours of collapse; then negotiate a 12-day extension to its operating licence; and finally announce potentially the biggest investment in its history.

The scheduled and charter carrier – owner of MRO provider Monarch Aircraft Engineering – was rescued in 2014 by private equity firm Greybull Capital, which radically overhauled its business by scrapping long-haul flights in order to focus on the European market.

Despite returning to profit last year and predicting £40m pre-tax earnings for the current financial year, Monarch’s operating licence was only extended by the CAA over the weekend after Greybull promised extra funding.

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On August 17, US airline trade organisation Airlines for America (A4A) announced that, in the first half of 2016, the USA’s top ten mainline passenger airlines cumulatively reported pre-tax profits totalling $12bn.

This figure represented a 15.5 per cent return on revenues, the airlines’ average return exceeding by 1.4 percentage points the US top ten’s average 14.1 per cent pre-tax return in 2015.

This excellent first-half 2016 performance resulted in part from a 1.9 per cent year-over-year drop in operating expenses, falling fuel prices making up for increased labour, aircraft and airport costs, according to A4A.

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