For years, high demand for travel, aided by easy access to credit, has enabled airlines to work extensively on new innovations. However, now that budgets are being cut on all ends, innovation, which was once seen as the “fun” playground part of the business to run experiments and find new, better ways to operate has…
Aircraft delivery can occur in two cases. The first case is when a new aircraft was built and is delivered to a customer for the first time. The second case is during lease transitions when an aircraft that was already in operations for some time gets redelivered to a new owner.
The delivery phase is spread over four or five days on average, dependent upon the aircraft programme. A standard delivery procedure takes place as follows:
Day 1: Ground checks: external surfaces, bays and cabin visual inspection, static aircraft system and cockpit checks, engine tests.
Day 2: Acceptance flight: checks during flight of all aircraft systems (including cabin systems) and aircraft behaviour in the whole flight envelope.
Day 3: Physical rework or provision of solutions for all technical and quality obstacles open in delivery.
Day 4: Completion of technical acceptance allowing the issuance of the Certificate of Airworthiness.
Day 5: The aircraft changes owner. Preparation of the aircraft for the ferry flight to its home base.