Any passenger’s nightmare: After a relaxing holiday, all you want as a traveler is to board the aircraft, get comfortable in your seats and arrive home safely. But what if the plane is not able to take off?
This kind of scenario can easily become a reality. The term “aircraft on ground” refers to a machine that is not flightworthy for technical reasons. If an aircraft has to remain grounded because of missing aircraft spare parts and is therefore unable to make its departure time, this often results in delays to flight schedules and long waiting times for passengers. In addition to dissatisfied passengers, airlines record enormous monetary losses in the event of an AOG: If the aircraft spare parts needed for the repair are not delivered immediately, the airline incurs huge costs for accommodating and transporting passengers to nearby locations.