Avioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4332 times:
There are varying levels of C check as well. For instance on a 747 prior to the MSG 1,2,3 format there were typically 6 levels of check done with the C3 and C6 being very "heavy" affairs taking up to six weeks.
At brand X checks were costing around $78 to $84 per man hour in 2002.
At a repair station where I repped an MD83 the check was billed out at $49 per manhour in 2004. ( I have to say that it took more hours than the airline but they claimed to have saved over 25% compared to the cost of doing it in house.)
Current belief by the "bean counters" is that third party is a lot cheaper than in-house. Especially when you can get the check done in China, Costa Rica, Peru, or Indonesia for around $30 an hour or better.
At those prices even the down time after the plane gets home to fix the bugs is paid for.
One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4332 times:
This has been discussed many times.
It is usually cheaper to farm out maintenance to a specialist Maintenance Repair Organisation (MRO ) as their overhead costs are cheaper. The major cost of maintenance is down to the man-hour rate. They pay much lower wages in places like China or Eastern Europe so for a large check, it is cheaper to send the aircraft half way round the world to get it done.
Unless the aircraft is on an equalised check programme (ie all the checks take the same amount of time) C Checks are different and can take from a week to several months to carry out. in addition, the older the aircraft, the more work is involved,