Boeing Supports Airline's Low Cost Business Model
Skymark Airlines is the most recent addition to Boeing's 737
Component Services Program (CSP), a move that Boeing says will help
the airline reduce its spare parts costs, an important advantage in
the low-cost carrier marketplace. In addition to reducing
costs, the program will help Skymark enhance efficiency and improve
spare parts availability.
The program can help airlines save as much as 30 percent on
inventory, repair and administrative costs, the company says.
"The Component Services Program will provide convenience and
cost savings for Skymark Airlines," said Kimiyoshi Sakaki,
director, Engineering & Maintenance Division, Skymark Airlines.
"Our participation in the program will help us to meet our
customers' expectations for value and reliability."
This cost-reducing materials management and supply-chain
solution is a joint operation of Boeing Commercial Aviation
Services and Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance.
Under the new agreement, Boeing and AFI KLM E&M will manage
spare parts and components inventory for the Tokyo-based airline,
assuring timely delivery, while Skymark avoids warehousing and
long-term inventory holding costs.
Skymark Airlines operates a fleet of 19 Boeing Next-Generation
737-800s and will be taking additional airplanes on lease during
the coming months. "Keeping costs low is paramount to a low-cost
carrier and Skymark Airlines is taking a significant step in
controlling their materials costs by joining the 737 Component
Services Program," said Dale Wilkinson, vice president of Material
Services for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.
"We are very pleased to welcome Skymark Airlines to our jointly
operated 737 CSP program, which will help them to operate in a most
(cost) efficient way," said Maarten Oort, vice president, Component
Services, KLM Engineering and Maintenance.
The program features a customized recommended spare parts list
based on customer data. The list includes dispatch-critical parts
and both avionics and non-avionics line replaceable units in
recommended quantities to support each airline's dispatch