Aerospace logistics

The projected rise in Asia passenger and freighter traffic along with increasing maintenance, repair and overhaul activity in the region bode well for logistics providers that can deliver to the demanding aerospace sector. G Venkatesh reports.

The aerospace industry is expected to grow again – albeit by fits and starts – after the adjustments which were called for last year as a result of the economic crisis. The drivers for fleet additions and replacements include the need to improve efficiency and cut emissions of greenhouse gases, and network widening (adding on new routes). Consequently, aerospace logistics service providers will have more work to do, and thereby more revenues to look forward to.

Aerospace logistics plays a key role in enabling the timely deliveries of aircraft components to manufacturers, overhauling and repair depots, and airline companies, as well as helping truncate of delays and interruptions in service during the operating phase of an aircraft’s lifecycle. (We differentiate here between aerospace logistics and logistics by air; the former is logistics to serve the aerospace sector, and the latter is a mode of transport (air) to deliver a logistics function.)

It takes vehicles – moving on road and rail, by sea and in the air – to transport raw materials, components and subassemblies to points of assembly of heavy machinery and equipment. If the destination is a vehicle-builder – the automotive or aerospace sector for instance – one can say, if a little bit of panache is permitted, that it takes vehicles to build vehicles.