Outsourcing Aircraft Maintenance: What Impact on Flight Safety?


Quentin Commine


The practice of outsourcing aircraft maintenance has become increasingly prevalent in the aviation industry. This article examines the critical issue of how outsourcing impacts flight safety. While outsourcing maintenance offers potential cost savings and increased operational efficiency, concerns arise regarding its impact on flight safety. The article delves into the potential risks associated with outsourcing, including challenges in ensuring compliance with stringent safety regulations and standards. The study explores how the geographical distance between airlines and maintenance providers may hinder effective oversight and communication. It also addresses the potential implications of language barriers, cultural differences, and varying safety protocols on maintenance quality and safety outcomes. To gain a comprehensive understanding, the research draws on case studies and data from aviation authorities and industry reports. The findings of this study reveal that while outsourcing maintenance can yield economic benefits, it also introduces inherent risks to flight safety that demand careful consideration, even if it is not concluded that an outsourced maintenance causes more safety issues. The article underscores the importance of robust regulatory frameworks and stringent oversight mechanisms to ensure that outsourced maintenance operations adhere to the highest safety standards.

Suggested Citation (APA 7th)

Commine, Q. (2023). Outsourcing Aircraft Maintenance: What Impact on Flight Safety?. International Journal of Applied Research in Business and Management, 4(2), 71-83. https://doi.org/10.51137/ijarbm.2023.4.2.5

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