OW Industry: Aviation, Aerospace & Defense


Our team is deeply rooted in aviation, with industry-focused experts who are passionate about helping airlines solve their most pressing strategic, operational, organizational, and technical challenges.

We advise clients on the entire airline value chain from strategy setting, to network and fleet planning, to pricing and revenue management, and loyalty, to operations and maintenance, crew and airport management, and beyond, and understand the intricacies of each piece as well as how they interact systemically.

The Oliver Wyman team has worked globally across a variety of airline business models, and brings both a holistic as well as a regionally-focused perspective on the aviation landscape unmatched by others.  Our work extends to the airport infrastructure and supply base including catering, ground services, MRO, and concessionaires, and other providers.

Our proprietary tools and resources set our team apart.  The Network Simulation Center (NSC), based in Washington DC, has industry-leading, state-of-the-art tools to analyze network, fleet, and alliance issues as well as to better understand decision impacts on market share.  Our online aviation data application, PlaneStats.com, offers a powerful suite of analytical tools to drive key business insights across multiple aviation functions. We also collaborate with Oliver Wyman Labs for an expanded set of analytical tools and development capabilities to make massive amount of data meaningful and drive advanced decision making.

Additionally, our CAVOK subsidiary offers specialized technical consulting, including aircraft entry into service and transaction support, airworthiness compliance audits, manual system and process development to adhere to safety management system (SMS) protocols, and air carrier merger and certification support. CAVOK also designs and builds aircraft maintenance inspection programs and assists carriers with the associated reliability data collection and analysis required to maintain and enhance these programs. We also provide long-term technical services support through CAVOK’s Technical Services group, which is focused on 24/7 engineering, planning, technical publications, records, and materials support for airlines, lessors, and MROs.

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