MRO - The Future of Aeronautical Maintenance and the Crucial Role of Logistics

Interview with Cristiano Vichi our Business Unit Director

The world of aircraft maintenance and the crucial role of logistics in the sector. We discuss this with Cristiano Vichi, Director of the Business Unit at Sky Star Services, an Italian private company specialized in logistics and Supply Chain Management applied to commercial and military aviation.

Sky Star Services has over twenty years of experience and collaborations with major global players in the MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Operations) sector, including major aircraft manufacturers, component and spare parts manufacturers, line and base maintenance companies, and of course, airlines.

What is the importance of logistics in aircraft maintenance?

Logistics is fundamental in aircraft maintenance as it ensures the timely supply of spare parts, materials, and tools needed to carry out maintenance operations. Efficient supply chain management reduces aircraft downtime, optimizes resources, and maintains high safety standards.

How do you foresee the evolution of logistics in the sector in the future?

In recent years, we have witnessed a significant transformation in aerospace logistics. The adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning is revolutionizing warehouse management.

In the near future, we will see further integration of advanced technologies in aeronautical logistics to optimize spare parts inventory and improve the planning of preventive and predictive maintenance activities. For example, we will witness the use of drones and autonomous vehicles for the delivery of spare parts to accelerate last-mile logistics.

What impact will this evolution have on the safety and efficiency of aeronautical operations?

The implementation of new logistics technologies will significantly improve the safety of aeronautical operations. The ability to detect faults promptly and anticipate maintenance needs will reduce the risk of incidents. Furthermore, by reducing downtime, airlines can ensure more efficient use of their aircraft.

What contribution can logistics make to the sustainability of the aeronautical maintenance process?

In the next decade, we expect logistics to become even more efficient and environmentally friendly. The implementation of predictive algorithms will accurately identify parts that require replacement, reducing waste and optimizing resource use. Green logistics will become a priority, with increased use of sustainable packaging and low-emission delivery methods.

What challenges will companies in the sector have to face to fully embrace this evolution?

Undoubtedly, the implementation of new technologies will pose challenges. Companies will need to invest in advanced digital infrastructure and train personnel to use innovative tools. Additionally, the sharing of sensitive data among various supply chain actors will require a rigorous approach to cybersecurity.

How will human resources be involved in this change?

Despite the increasing role of automation and artificial intelligence, human resources will still be crucial. Logistics personnel will need to develop digital skills to work with advanced systems and interpret data correctly. Moreover, maintenance staff will need to be trained to interact with new technologies and provide effective support to the maintenance process.

What global benefits will the evolution of logistics bring to the aviation industry?

The evolution of logistics in the aeronautical industry will bring greater flight safety, reduced operating costs, and overall improvement in sector efficiency. This will enable airlines to offer more reliable and convenient services to passengers, promoting a more sustainable and competitive aviation industry in the future.

In conclusion, how is Sky Star Services preparing for these changes?

For logistics companies applied to Aerospace like Sky Star, the ability to adapt quickly to changes and an innovation-oriented mindset are crucial for success in an ever-evolving environment. Industry professionals must proactively update themselves on new technologies and learn advanced digital skills. 

At Sky Star, continuous training is enthusiastically promoted and participated in. As the Director of the Business Unit, I am constantly involved in workshops and industry conferences, essential to staying abreast of the latest trends.

Thank you for sharing your perspective on logistics in the world of aircraft maintenance. We are excited to see how this evolution will transform the industry in the near future.

Thank you for the opportunity to share these ideas. The future of logistics in the aerospace sector is full of promises, and I am confident that we will successfully tackle these challenges.