|Quoting Turkish350XWB (Reply 35):|
So typical for TK: why not install them in 2009 and use them for 8 years, instead of installing in 2014 and using for 3 years. It is always just reacting... I don't consider this professional.
Here is a story for you --
When you lease and aircraft, you must return it in the same condition. That means interior as well. If items have been worn out like carpets, seat bottoms or broken IFE, you better make sure they look and work like they did at delivery otherwise you will be paying a hefty fee for failure to redeliver in the same condition you received them.
had a couple options -
1) Purchase and install an all new interior and IFE at delivery. This would require old interior be removed and stored for the 8-years and reinstalled prior to return. As I recall the cost was excess of USD $4mil per ship set plus engineering headaches for supplemental type certification for the non common fleet type.
2) Keep and maintain existing interior.
Fast forward a few years, and now a couple of things have changed. First TK
is now in the interior business and can engineer the interior certifications itself to large degree, and partially even manufacture them internally also for a good savings. Secondly, as the old interior design and IFE is becoming vintage, the lessor is not as adamant to receive it back and would be happy to see something more contemporary inside when the aircraft are returned - after all this build value for the lessor.
My point with sharing these types of details is that there is are complex behind the scene issues involved in business decisions and what might appear on the surface has really no relationship with the behind the scene restrictions.
I have not even bothered to get into details of how parts, avionics, documentation and other details vary from lease to lease and must be carefully tracked and many cases segregated to ensure compliance with lease terms or regulatory requirements.
p.s. - the Lumexis agreement is for AVOD system update.
[Edited 2014-05-07 08:50:23]