Three Benefits of Short-term Ground Support Equipment Rental

Benefits of short-term ground support equipment rental

With many intertwined factors determining ground support equipment demand, including seasonal air passenger and freight demand peaks, and the short-notice and short-term nature of ground handling contracts, short-term ground support rental has risen as a highly suitable choice for ground handlers to fulfill contracts while maintaining high-quality operations.

Short-term ground support equipment rental can be classified as a rental agreement between ground handlers and ground support equipment companies that is less than a year.

With many benefits, including simple fixed, low monthly costs, greater flexibility, on-demand sourcing and access to the newest equipment on the market, it’s no wonder that short-term ground support equipment rental has become a popular option for ground handlers to meet their quota demands.

Learn more about the benefits of short-term ground support equipment rental.

Financial benefits

With the growing demand for ground handlers to continue to maintain high standards of safety and efficiency while catering to a growing amount of air passengers, capital expenditure is needed to remain competitive and generate revenue.

With the growing expectations from the aviation industry to provide excellency in customer service, ground handlers must cater to this expectation from the ground up, literally.

Short-term rental is a great financial solution to meet capital reinvesting demands for fleet and technology upgrades to meet growing expectations.

Short-term rental arrangements provide ground handlers with lower initial expenses, leading to a larger capital overlay because it requires little or no down payment. This frees up your cash flow to be invested in other ground handling technology such as fleet telematics, training or other ground support equipment.

Short-term GSE rental is an especially attractive option to newer ground handling companies who have less availability to capital than ground handlers that have been established for many decades.

In addition, short-term GSE rental may also offer tax advantages, depending on your local tax laws and regulations.

Typically, it also means that ground handlers receive their equipment quicker since in-stock equipment is chosen for rental and there’s no wait for specially-ordered equipment to come in.

Other financial benefits of short-term ground support equipment rental include:

  • Simple fixed, no hassle monthly costs
  • Fixed cost of ownership
  • Easier to plan around
  • No unanticipated financial surprises

Ground support equipment flexibility

Another huge benefit of short-term ground support rental is the flexibility it provides ground handlers.

Flexibility in ground handling services is essential due to the often short-notice nature of ground handling contracts with airlines, and short-term, fixed nature of the contracts.

The flexibility of short-term ground support rental is especially beneficial around peak season. Peak seasons are often near the year’s end and often coincide with the holiday seasons.

Some of the flexibility benefits of short-term ground support rental includes:

  • On-demand equipment sourcing when ground handlers need it
  • Ability to fulfill short-term contracts, especially on little notice
  • Management of peak season air travel demands (this is especially true for ground handlers who provide ground handling services to airlines with holiday destinations, as well as year-end peaks around travelling time, with both passenger and freight demands increasing)
  • More flexibility to pursue other ground handling opportunities

Equipment maintenance/management is provided

Another huge benefit of short-term ground support equipment rental is that the equipment maintenance is handled by the equipment provider – freeing up your time and cash flow for other operational needs.

Ground support maintenance is an often-overlooked drain on ground handler’s time and resources. Proactive maintenance is essential to preventing operational downtime and maximizing uptime – key deliverables when it comes to aviation customers.

With Avro GSE, along with equipment management and maintenance, ground handlers who lease ground support equipment receive Avro Tracker fleet telematics, which comes standard with Avro’s equipment.

Avro Tracker fleet telematics enhances ground handling operations by offering the following features:

  • Big picture overview with the ability to track and monitor fleet movement and condition
  • Alerts for use-hours and preventative maintenance
  • View of vehicle operator behavior and safety
  • Real-time enforcement of safety checks
  • Customized automatic idle shut-down features to optimize fuel-savings
  • Immediate real-time status, and captured data history for enhanced review and reporting

Renting newer, more reliable ground support equipment includes cost-savings not only in the reduction of maintenance, but also in the reduced need for back-up ground support equipment. This helps to decrease the overall operating cost per hour. 

With tight margins and the fast-paced, contract-based nature of the ground support industry, short-term ground support equipment has risen as a first-class solution for ground handlers to provide quality ground handling solutions to their customers.

Avro GSE is part of the Saskarc Group of companies.

Avro GSE is one of North America’s full-service ground handling equipment suppliers, with a 25-year history of equipment sales and support, we know the urgency of reducing downtime and we understand the pressing need for immediate support.

For ground handlers and major airlines who are facing tighter deadlines, increased turnarounds and increasing pressure to meet on-time departures, Avro GSE offers innovative and cost-effective solutions with leading-edge GSE equipment, a comprehensive fleet management system and maintenance packages that enable our customers to service the most demanding environments safely and efficiently.

Avro GSE is challenging the status quo in the aviation industry by delivering a complete package so our customers can capitalize on synergies between our service offerings and achieved efficiencies, visibility, reliability, and compliance within their fleet.