Parts management specialist Shoreline Aerospace is moving into a new space at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport and plans to add new airframe MRO capabilities to its portfolio.
The Coral Springs, Florida-based company signed a 15-year lease on the airside facility in April, which includes a 60,000ft2 (14,864m2) warehouse to store inventory. The space also includes a six-acre apron with ramp access, where the firm will perform line maintenance.
The new space will allow Shoreline to expand its inventory organically by 30%, says Adrian Green, managing partner of the firm. Shoreline now has about 100 million parts in stock at any given time, and will also pursue aircraft teardowns for parts.
Shoreline specialises in parts management for both commercial and military aircraft, with customers including about 60 airlines as well as MROs and brokers. It works with customers from more than 60 countries. The company is especially looking to expand its parts selection for the next-generation Boeing 737s.
"What's happening is we will be expanding out horizontally into the Part 145 business generally, including repairs of components, avionics and various other parts that will go on aircraft," he says.
A bulk of this work includes packaging parts and providing just-in-time shipments to these airline customers, but Shoreline sees an opportunity by being the only third-party provider at the airport to offer line maintenance for larger commercial aircraft, including aircraft on ground situations, overnight checks and cleaning services. It is strategically located next to FedEx, he points out, which will allow the company to work with later deadlines for shipping parts.
Green says that Shoreline routinely works with other parts inventory firms such as AJ Walter Aviation and GA Telesis. It sees the business environment as collaborative rather than competitive, he says.
The firm is proceeding cautiously with expanding its services and has not determined whether it will add heavy maintenance capabilities in the future. This would be a decision made at least six months after the line maintenance capability is up and running, says Green.
Mobile maintenance services will be set up at the facility by the third quarter, which could be used for non-destructive testing or changing out cases on engines.
Shoreline will continue offering engine maintenance through its Global Engine Maintenance division in Miami, which has 24 bays to support the Pratt & Whitney JT3D, JT8D and CFMI CFM56-3 and -5 engine types.