By Jo Fossen
Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance and Ground Operations Systems
Planning for the introduction of a new airplane requires the participation and cooperation of personnel in virtually all areas of an airline. Though Boeing strives for commonalities with existing airplanes, each new model has its own special requirements for equipment and tools needed for ramp operations. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is no exception. Management and maintenance personnel can ensure a smooth transition to this new airplane by understanding what it has in common with existing airplanes in the airline’s fleet, as well as what is unique, and plan accordingly.