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AviTrader interview: Anthony Spaulding, President & CEO of Magellan Aviation Group

Magellan Aviation Group provides a wide range of services. Can you tell us more about the different services you are offering to the industry?

At Magellan, we take pride in offering a comprehensive range of services to the commercial aviation industry. Our core business revolves around the acquisition and sale of used serviceable materials (USM). These services involve planning the strategic disassembly of retired aircraft, facilitating repair management to ensure parts meet rigorous industry standards, and redistribution to global Airlines, Lessors, and MRO facilities. By providing our customers with top-quality, airworthy parts, we enable them to optimize their fleets and reduce maintenance costs. With global stocking locations strategically placed in the USA, Europe, and Asia, we are well-positioned to support our worldwide customer base. And, with our 24-hour AOG service, airlines can swiftly access crucial material to minimize aircraft downtime and enhance operational performance.

Another pivotal aspect of our services involves engine leasing. Leasing green time from our engines enables us to provide airlines with a range of options to meet their specific needs, whether short- or long-term. By delivering flexible and tailored engine leasing arrangements, we help airlines improve their operations by providing the power to respond efficiency to evolving demands.

Additionally, Magellan excelled during the times of COVID, helping asset owners who turned to Magellan to help dispose of challenged assets over time with our consignment management programs. With the industry rebounding and asset values recovering, consignments are not at the forefront of asset owners’ minds but, Magellan will continue to offer innovative consignment solutions for whole assets or surplus inventories to the industry.

Parts trading is a very competitive business in our industry. What do you think are the key factors to make Magellan a key player in the industry? 

Magellan has and continues to be a key partner to our industry, and this legacy is mostly attributed to the experience and expertise of our remarkable team. Their knowledge and commitment to quality guide our every action and form the bedrock of our success. Through the years, we’ve built a vast network with trusted partners, customers, and suppliers that span the globe. This network not only allows us to act early on product lines entering our market but lets us take a client-centered partnership approach, ensuring that we understand their unique needs and can offer tailored solutions that exceed expectations.

Adaptability is also a key factor that makes Magellan a leading organization in our industry. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Marubeni, Magellan is well positioned with the exceptional support of Marubeni to expand and grow our global reach to customers where Magellan can react fast to sudden shifts in the market.

Everybody is talking about digital transformation. Is this important for your business?

Digital transformation holds immense significance for the industry, and it’s an opportunity for continuous improvement we’ve been actively navigating at Magellan. Within the aviation industry, we’ve witnessed substantial progress. However, it’s important to acknowledge that there’s still much work to be done, as hard copies of commercial trace are still needed to fill gaps in older assets as the industry moves away from paper to digital. 

This challenge is not unique to Magellan but extends to the broader aviation community including lessors, lessees, and other participants in the aftermarket. We understand that the aviation industry’s move toward digitalization must be a collective effort. It’s not just about adopting digital tools but creating a culture of acceptance and file integrity around digital records. This is a critical aspect, as digitized records offer numerous advantages, such as enhanced traceability, reduced paperwork, and faster information retrieval. These benefits are not only relevant to operational efficiency but also to safety and compliance, which is a key attribute of Magellan’s quality and compliance programs.

What is your forecast for the near future in commercial aviation and the changes that you foresee?

The future of commercial aviation is anything but certain. As recent global events have demonstrated, our industry is exceptionally dynamic, and adaptability remains a cornerstone of success. While nobody in our industry can predict every twist and turn, Magellan’s ability to identify market fluctuations and make quick adjustments will continue to set us apart. Our primary focus is to remain responsive to emerging opportunities and challenges, ensuring we serve our customer’s and partner’s evolving needs in this ever-changing aviation landscape. By embracing change and harnessing the strengths that have brought us this far over the past 20+ years, we’re confident that the next 20 years of opportunities or challenges will be met with persistence to achieve exceptional success.

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