The transformation plan includes a total of 22 initiatives dealing with very concrete issues, along two main areas of work: reducing the maintenance load and improving the availability of repairs and spare parts.
Reducing the maintenance load involves revising the entire process, improving the intervals both for standard maintenance and parts. “We are working on furthering existing potentials, for example by extending 600-hour inspections to 900 hours, and gearbox overhaul intervals from 1,200 hours to 1,800 hours,” explains Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude.
Increasing aircraft availability also involves reducing the time spent on retrofit work, which is sometimes deemed excessive. “We are also aiming to increase the volume of repairs completed with the support of our network and, when it makes sense, directly at the customer’s premises,” specifies Vanessa Schmidt, Vice-President NH90 Program Support Office.
The availability of parts, and especially critical parts, is another essential aspect of the transformation plan. “We have implemented a close – week-by-week – follow-up of the availability of these parts,” states Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude. “COVID-19 has put some of our suppliers in a very tough financial situation. We are standing by to help them through this difficult period.”