Reeling from a global financial crisis, two continuously increasing trends of airline companies are to
- Delay the purchase of new planes in order to update their aging fleet and/or
- Purchase used planes
This results in an overall delay of next generation components, causing both passenger and cargo carrier airlines to operate older aircrafts, as well as keeping those older planes in service for longer periods of time.
As a result, most airline fleets are, on average, older than ever before. More and more reliable and economic life-extension strategies are required in order to avoid dangerous in-flight situations. Consequently, the development of safe, reliable, cheap and environmental friendly repair technologies is fundamental.