Our teams in Hong Kong and Australia worked hard to devise a solution, developing a parking operation of unprecedented scale and complexity.
First, the team needed to find a suitable location that had both the space to accommodate large numbers of aircraft, and the right environmental conditions to keep them protected. The answer? Alice Springs, in the middle of the Australian desert.
“The biggest enemy of a parked aircraft is corrosion from sitting on the ground for long periods in humid conditions – especially when located in a coastal environment where that humidity has a salt content,” explains Benjamin Connell, Regional Engineering Manager Southwest Pacific. “That’s why we chose Alice Springs. It’s in the desert where it’s inland, very dry, with a low humidity of around 20 per cent, and no extreme weather events like tropical cyclones.”
But while a desert might be optimal for aircraft storage, it presents a unique set of challenges for teams on the ground.
“One of the issues with being based in Alice Springs is that by about 8am the surfaces of the aircraft are too hot to touch - we could literally fry an egg on them – so the team have to plan their maintenance schedules quite differently,” says Ben.
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