nycbjr
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Cost Of Maintenance Checks

Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:11 pm

What does a A, B, C, and D check cost an airline?

I imagine that with in house maintenance its less than if it has to be farmed out to a 3rd party. I see some airlines choose to retire aircraft as they head to D check.

I also realize this varies by aircraft type, I'm curious mainly about older aircraft such as the DC/MD series, and the 737/757/767/777.

Apologize if this has been discussed b4!
 
nycbjr
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RE: Cost Of Maintenance Checks

Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:12 pm

I just realized this should be in tech ops... sorry its ok to move or just plain delete it and I'll ask the question at a later date.

My Bad, its early in the morning here still lol

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411A
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RE: Cost Of Maintenance Checks

Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:05 am

Aircraft type, Lockheed L1011.
A 'C' check will cost in the vicinity of $350,000, without defect rectification.
CPCP is a large part of the cost.

How do I know?
My company just paid the bill.
 
fr8mech
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RE: Cost Of Maintenance Checks

Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:45 am

Quoting Nycbjr (Thread starter):
imagine that with in house maintenance its less than if it has to be farmed out to a 3rd party

No, it tends to be cheaper to send the check to an MRO facility. Hence, the explosion in MRO services and slow but steady draw down of legacy check lines.
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ArmitageShanks
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RE: Cost Of Maintenance Checks

Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:59 am

Quoting 411A (Reply 2):
CPCP is a large part of the cost

What is CPCP?
 
avioniker
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RE: Cost Of Maintenance Checks

Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:00 am

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.
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saintsman
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RE: Cost Of Maintenance Checks

Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:48 am

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,
 
411A
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RE: Cost Of Maintenance Checks

Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:34 am

CPCP...Corrosion Prevention Control Program

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