LoganTheBogan wrote:Gday folks!
I've always wondered how airlines buy replacement engines and parts for aircraft that are discontinued. An example that comes to mind is the A340. With the aircraft no longer in production, how do airlines such as SAA and Iberia source parts for the Rolls Royce Trent 500 and CFM 56 engines? I understand that the CFM56 is still available but is the A340 variant still available? Obviously the A340 isn't the only aircraft in this situation so it would be great to hear what you people have to say!
Newbiepilot wrote:The parts business is often more profitable for the engine manufacturer than making the new engine. The engine companies maintain significant part inventories. There are various contract options that airlines get that cover overhaul and parts. Production continues on spare parts for a very long time.
The challenge is right at the end of the life for an engine. A third party like Aviall may buy the inventory, but it can be hard to source parts for a CF5-50 or 80A for example. Most of the parts on the market will be used and overhauled and are of varying quality. It can get very difficult to source the engine controls for the vintage engines since they don't really make many of those components any more in any industry.
thefactorypilot wrote:These days engine makers are selling at an initial loss , but the contract has them making the profit on spares, overhauls, and parts through the life of the engine.
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