TURN AROUND TIME OPTIMIZATION
ENHANCE PROCESS RELIABILITY AND EFFICIENCY
The turnaround process between arrival and departure of an aircraft is a key element in airline operations.
Short turns can be delivered punctually.
Contrary to common belief, there is no straight correlation between turn times and punctuality.
Of course, short turn times on paper mean nothing without robust operational measures.
Yet, the same applies to longer turns. Their positive impact on punctuality can fade very quickly.
In practice, the process will gradually absorb the extra time, in the end returning the entire turnaround to the same disruption risk level as before.
IMPACT ON EFFICIENCY
Turn times display efficiency.
The more time is absorbed by ground processes, the lower the average sector length that one aircraft can operate.
This has implications for crew pairings and -in most cases- for fleet efficiency and connectivity opportunities.
Last but not least, longer turn times take the momentum from the process, creating extra ramp movements and error risks.
Less focus on fixed standards, more on the total picture
A faster process does not mean running faster. It's mainly about smart coordination and reacting promptly to disruptions.
This has implications on the organization of the process. Sometimes extra resources are needed in one department to improve overall efficiency.
Together with keenly planned buffers in the schedule, such approach has much more positive impact on punctuality, while securing efficiency too.