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We are in the middle of a global pandemic which is having a devastating impact on the aviation industry. Exiting the Great Lockdown is surrounded by many uncertainties. What seemed to be a pessimistic scenario half a year ago is today considered to be an optimistic scenario. Therefore, it makes sense right now to use scenario planning to prepare your business for a still uncertain future.
In our VZM Market Outlook 2021 for commercial aviation & maintenance we selected a few thought-provoking scenarios to help stimulate your thinking about the future. For each of the scenarios we elaborate on what we think could be the effect on the economy, the airline industry, aircraft delivery and the MRO market.
We hope you enjoy this 21st edition and look forward to your feedback and comments. Electronic copies of the Outlook along with other VZM publications are freely available to subscribers of the VZM website at the Info Center. If you are not a subscriber, simply click the "subscriptions" link at the top of this website. Subscription is free of charge and without obligation.
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At the end of 2020 VZM moved from Sassenheim to become a company registered in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.
At the same time, the telephone landline has been terminated as customers and relations are used to call the VZM team members on their mobile numbers. The e-mail addresses and website address have not changed.
Like almost everyone in the aviation industry, VZM has been affected by the corona epidemic in 2020. Still, VZM managed to close the year with similar results as 2019.
In past half year VZM has been able to support its customers to cope with the challenging times. The VZM team assisted them with identifying cost savings and preparing their organizations for the post-pandemic realities.
Unfortunately, the restrictions made it impossible to organize our Diversium in 2020, despite interest expressed by VZM’s relations. Furthermore, the annual VZM Dutch Aviation Open golf tournament needed to be postponed.
VZM expects to close this year with similar results to 2019.
We are all experiencing the effects of the corona virus pandemic, the infection prevention measures, and social distancing rules implemented to reduce the infection rates and potential health risks are working, but at a cost. The aviation industry has been hit hard and the industry is forced to take drastic measures to survive.
Therefore, VZM feels that it is not appropriate to organize the 21st VZM “Dutch Aviation Open” golf tournament this year. VZM expects that circumstances in 2021 will improve sufficiently to allow a continuation of the annual event.
VZM Management Services performed a benchmark for one of its customers. The benchmark compared the maintenance intervals and ground times from a group of operators around the world for four aircraft types. Each of the participants received a confidential anonymized report with the results of the benchmark
On September 10, Ron van der Meulen participated for the 19th time in VZM’s Dutch Aviation Open golf tournament. In a flight taking six hours and 45 minutes, he finally succeeded to win the Hans Minnee Challenge Trophy. Ron was touched to have won, after so many years, the trophy named after the person who encouraged him to start playing golf.
The clinic of this 21st edition was won by Erik Krol. He showed he was the best with the clinic exercises, even beating other clinic veterans and experienced players.
Once again, the participants had a nice day of golf with good weather, while having lots of opportunities to network in a relaxing atmosphere.
Visit the Dutch Aviation Open page to view photos, find all scores and read more about this year's tournament.
Strong market growth in recent years has exacerbated the capacity constraints such as labor shortages and part supply hick-ups. Issues that need to be addressed now as it will hinder future MRO activity and growth. After an excellent introduction by Frank Walschot, CEO of SR Technics a group of senior leaders from the industry exchanged ideas about the topic.
A summary of the discussions of the May 15, 2019, VZM Diversium Can we still prevent MROs from grounding our aircraft? can found on the VZM Publications page.