Press release
Tarbes, 14 May 2020
 
 
 
TARMAC AEROSAVE IN THE FRONT LINE
FOR AIRCRAFT STORAGE

SITUATION UPDATE
 
TARMAC Aerosave, the expert aircraft storage, maintenance and recycling group, has found itself on the front line since airlines reduced their activity. Europe's leading storage specialist is taking stock of all the fleets it is responsible for, determining the requirements in terms of maintenance of all airworthy aircraft and preparing their return to service. In addition, the group has announced the completion of the first A380 B check, an aircraft that has just been redelivered to HiFly.
 
 
 
Activity adapted to prioritise aircraft arrivals
 
As soon as airlines made their first announcements, TARMAC Aerosave adapted activity at its three locations at Tarbes, Toulouse-Francazal and Teruel. A dedicated team handled the most urgent storage and took care of the numerous requests for advice from all over the world.
Non-urgent maintenance and recycling operations were rescheduled, and parking areas reorganised by pushing back the aircraft already subject to long-term storage. At the beginning of April, to be able to handle the rate of arrivals, some recycling was, on the contrary, pushed forward to free up space on the parking areas. Overall capacity was thus increased by 25%.
TARMAC Aerosave guarantees support to its clients in the preservation of their aircraft and is ready to deliver them back into service as soon as traffic takes off again. This guarantee is incorporated in the company's very name: TARMAC "Aero-Save".
 

Storage or parking: what sort of "confinement" for aircraft?
 
While storage is an activity essential to aircraft operations all year round, the general public has only recently discovered this profession, referred to as "aircraft confinement" by the media.
TARMAC Aerosave takes this opportunity to remind you of the implications of storage and what differentiates it from routine maintenance or even parking.
An operator (airlines) or an aircraft owner may have to keep its aircraft on the ground for commercial reasons (seasonal traffic), technical (cabin modifications, livery) or administrative (sale of the aircraft, change of state of registry) reasons. During this time, which can stretch from a few weeks to several months, the aircraft has to be kept airworthy so as to ensure it can return to service at any time.

Storing an aircraft this thus implies possessing maintenance approvals. Maintenance varies depending on the length of the grounding--immobilisation--and according to aircraft types. For up to 3 months parking, the level required is defined as "Flight Ready Conditions", meaning "active parking". Return to service for an aircraft grounded for less than three months, maintained as ready to fly, takes less than a week.
Beyond three months, the aircraft enters "storage", long term parking.

In all cases, on arrival the aircraft is subject to protective measures for the sensitive parts (waterproofing engines, landing gear, sensors), flushing fluids and positioning on tarmac on a parking appropriate to its tonnage. The aircraft then benefits from daily, weekly and monthly checks. In normal operations, TARMAC Aerosave is also approved to perform A, B, C and D checks throughout the aircraft's life.
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
90% of capacity used by the end of June

With a total capacity of 250 at Tarbes, Toulouse-Francazal and Teruel, TARMAC Aerosave was storing 150 aircraft at the end of December 2019. In April, the fleet stored at the three sites was 170 aircraft. In June, it will reach from 230 to 240 aircraft.
Operators specifically called on TARMAC Aerosave for its expertise in jumbo jets: British Airways Boeing 747, Air France Airbus A380, Lufthansa B747, A380 and A340, Air Caraïbes A350.

At the beginning of the crisis, the group was able to increase its capacity to accept aircraft but it will soon be full if other solutions are not found.
In the second phase, TARMAC Aerosave is preparing to receive aircraft from leasing companies (owners of about 50% of an airline's fleet). For this, the French company is accelerating its work on extending new sites that could be operational by next June.
It is likely that half of the hundred aircraft received will remain in storage for a year, or even longer.
 

Returns and transitions planned for this summer
 
The maintenance personnel at the three TARMAC Aerosave sites, maintaining the stored fleet in an operational condition, is organised to keep up the pace required for future aircraft returns: organisation of the parking areas to free up the aircraft needed first, preparation of administrative acceptance files, return to on-site work of personnel currently working from home.

While aircraft transition activity has been suspended, TARMAC Aerosave is anticipating strong demand in the future. Ensuring transition of an aircraft requires managing all the technical steps (maintenance, cabin modifications, etc) when an aircraft changes operator or owner. The unexpected disturbance in operations will impact the distribution of the world fleet, some operators will be looking to sell, lease some aircraft, or to modify cabins in the context of commercial re-organisation.
 
  

Internal organisation and support for local initiatives
 
In order to both maintain the employment required for storage and to limit the economic impact linked to the drop-off in other activities, TARMAC Aerosave has reorganised its services. The administrative personnel has been working from home when possible. About 40% of the staff has remained on site. Protective measures and social distancing have been put in place in the workshops. Some recruiting has been postponed, while others have been maintained to fulfill the need for maintenance personnel.

Locally, TARMAC Aerosave has responded to the call for collecting equipment. Thus, the Tarbes site collected all the oxygen masks from aircraft being dismantled and sent them to the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which distributed them to medical organisations.
More than 300 masks were also collected at Teruel and given to the town hospital.

"As with the whole of the aviation industry, we have to update some of our forecasts but we are counting on the diversification of our activities. TARMAC Aerosave is known worldwide as one of the essential partners for aircraft life cycle management. We remain ready to respond to our clients' needs." says Patrick Lecer, President of TARMAC Aerosave.
 
 
First B Check and return of an A380 

In the midst of storage operations, TARMAC Aerosave nevertheless completed its first B Check on an Airbus A380 on time. At the Tarbes site, HiFly's aircraft was returned on 30 April.
The work was undertaken by the maintenance unit with assistance from the dismantling team, around fifteen technicians.
The maintenance of this ultra-large aircraft required tools specific to the A380. The most complex work was the replacement of the Ram Air Turbine and the rudder actuator.
 
 
About TARMAC Aerosave
Established in Tarbes (France) in 2007, in Teruel (Spain) in 2013, and Toulouse-Francazal (France) in 2017, TARMAC Aerosave offers the biggest aircraft storage capacity in Europe backed up by its strong MRO and dismantling capabilities. The three sites can accommodate up to 250 aircraft and the maintenance activity covers the main commercial platforms (Airbus, Boeing, ATR, Bombardier, Embraer). A dedicated engine workshop also covers the CFM56 family for both dismantling and repair workshops. With its environmentally friendly approach TARMAC Aerosave continues to develop the most advanced dismantling and recycling techniques under its ISO 14001 certification and achieves over 90% valorisation of the remaining airframes. TARMAC Aerosave also holds ISO 9001, EN 9110, EN 9120 certifications as well as being EASA and FAA Part 145 and EASA Part 147 approved. With a strong shareholding structure (Airbus, Safran Group, Suez) TARMAC Aerosave has managed in 13 years to receive over 950 aircraft, to redeliver more than 600 aircraft and dismantle 220 aircraft and 135 engines.
 
 
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