The deregulation of the airline industry has lowered the barrier of entry for new airlines. The shift in aircraft ownership from the airlines to the leasing industry has reduced the capital outlay required for an airline to commence operations. The airline’s operations are regulated by the National Airworthiness Authority (NAA), which may require modifications to meet regulatory requirements. The airline may also need to modify its aircraft due to specific operational requirements. Once modified, the aircraft will need to be restored to its return condition at the end of lease. These modifications often need to be approved under EASA or FAA, and in many cases, both regulatory regimes.
The airline has a fleet of Airbus A320 that were modified with a crew oxygen replenishment adapter and a crew bag restraint system. These minor modifications were introduced when the airline inducted the aircraft into its service, and had to be removed as part of the end-of-lease agreement. GVH Aerospace provided timely support to the airline at lease return for removing the modifications, enabling the airline to comply with its lease conditions expeditiously, minimising costly delays.
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