When should aircraft redelivery begin?

PLANNING for the aircraft redelivery should begin 12 months before the end of lease date due to the complex nature of end of lease transitions

The Lessor will start the preparation process by setting up a Pre-Redelivery Meeting (PRM) with the Lessee (Airline).

A successful PRM will have the following agenda;

1.  Lessee (airline) to provide time and location of the MRO visit as well as associated work scopes.
2.  Lessee (airline) to provide schedule of any Engine, APU or LDG Gear visits. In the case of Engines the lessor will request disk sheets, last Shop Visit (SV) report and Trend Monitoring Report.
3.  Discussion between Lessor and Lessee on Redelivery Conditions awareness.
4.  Sheetmetal Repair status to be advised as this can cause major delays to Redelivery date.
5.  An update on high cost components.
6.  Lessor will request the current interior configuration (LOPA) .
7.  Lessor will also request the current Approved Maintenance Program (AMP).
8.  Lessor will give feedback from mid-Lease inspections during the lease life and advise the quality of Technical Records upkeep required at Redelivery.
9.  Lessor will advise the Lessee the plan for on-site representation and determine the Records location (if airside then security pass and clearance will need to be considered).
10.  Introductions to relevant people in the airline or agreement on a date to do so.

The action items for the technical project manager after the Pre-Redelivery Meeting are;
1.  Create a Critical Path Gantt Chart to include the MRO plan, Engine and Gear Shop Visits.
2.  Attend regular meetings with the Lessors Marketing & Legal departments keeping them informed of technical progress and work scope updates.
3.  Receive updates from Lessors Logistics department in relation to any material and mod kits required for the transition.
4.  Manage your Transition Budget.

The Lessor will also have to plan for delivery to the new Lessee (Airline ).
This will involve liaising with a colleague in the Lessor’s Engineering department to ensure that all regulatory requirements are being adhered to in terms of moving the aircraft, deregistering/registering the aircraft, ensuring that if a CAMO is needed they are engaged. Also check that an approved Part21 (design organisation) is engaged for any ATA 25 cabin re-configuration work,  ATA 23 Communication or ATA 34 Navigation changes that are needed for the next lessee (airline) and liaise with MRO to include these tasks in the work scope. It is also worth noting that there will also be a level of planning needed if there is a new paint scheme required, bare metal inspections, paint stage inspections and final paint acceptance.

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