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United Airlines: A Reminder of the True Cost of ‘Operational Excellence’

By |April 21st, 2017|

We’ve all read about the recent United Airlines debacle, in which a passenger was forcibly ejected from a flight because he refused to give up his seat. The response from United has been baffling, including the CEO’s defense of the actions taken against this passenger, leaving many of us to wonder how a major corporation […]

The Meaning of ‘Green Aviation’

By |April 13th, 2017|

In March, Kapco Global’s own Bud Miller, Director of Business Process Management, discussed with GreenBiz the evolution of aerospace toward an industry focused on improving its environmental footprint (you can read the full article here). In it, he outlines changes to technology, airline efficiencies and the role of the supply chain—all examples of the pursuit […]

Kapco Global Discusses Aviation and the Environment With GreenBiz

By |April 5th, 2017|

Last month, Kapco Global had the opportunity to discuss with GreenBiz some of the strides the aviation industry has made toward environmental improvements. Some areas covered include:

Recent aircraft innovations
Supply chain methods for “going green”
Airline efficiency improvements

Learn how these all work toward a smaller carbon footprint for aerospace by reading the full article: […]

Prescriptive Maintenance: The Next Generation of MRO Efficiency

By |February 22nd, 2017|

The term “prescriptive maintenance” is derived from the principle of prescriptive analytics. This concept is a step past predictive maintenance; it not only supplies the possible outcomes in a situation, it also gives the best avenue to pursue based on analysis of those outcomes. This mode of strategy basically allows computing models to “think” for […]

The Rise of Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace

By |December 19th, 2016|

Additive manufacturing is the process of creating an object by stacking ultrathin layers of materials on top of one another. This technology, which is 3D printing on a large scale, has the potential to revolutionize the way planes and aircraft parts are made. In fact, the global aircraft MRO market is predicted to expand steadily […]

Predictions for the Future Profitability of Airlines (and the Role Played by Aircraft Parts Suppliers)

By |November 21st, 2016|

Earlier this year, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told investors that he did not believe the airline industry would continue to see losses: “We, like other businesses will have good years and bad years, but the bad years will not be cataclysmic. They will just be less good than the good years.” He expressed a […]

Cyber Security and Other Methods of Protection Against Aircraft Hacking

By |November 7th, 2016|

Recently, The Wall Street Journal investigated FAA plans to overhaul ACARS, the decades-old software used by air traffic controllers around the world. This software communicates with aircraft systems, and it is heavily relied upon for scheduling, maintenance and other operations. While a cyber attack would pose little immediate threat to planes in flight, entire airports […]

Aircraft Manufacturing: Benefits of the Lean Process in Retooling and Retraining

By |October 17th, 2016|

Thanks to a steady stream of rapid advances in technology (and little end in sight with airliners on the cusp of electric-powered flight and hypersonic planes), the aerospace industry is in a constant state of flux. Each new aircraft model, engine improvement or component type means retooling aircraft manufacturing facilities and retraining staff and MROs. […]

Aviation Fuel Prices: Projected Increases and Possible Impacts to Aerospace

By |September 19th, 2016|

The cost of oil has the potential to play a very large role in all of our daily lives, influencing everything from personal finances to the performance of global economies. For the last several years, we have seen a rapid decrease in price, with barrel figures returning to lows reminiscent of the 1990s. However, these […]

Factors Involved in Fleet Retirement and Aircraft Recycling

By |August 18th, 2016|

Late last year, Emirates announced an aggressive fleet retirement schedule aimed at decommissioning 26 planes, comprised primarily of Airbus A330-300 and A340-300 models and six Boeing 777-200 ERs. Similarly, American Airlines announced plans to retire all of its Airbus A330-300 aircrafts by 2018. With whole fleets entering retirement, two questions can be asked: What factors […]

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