Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airlines reaches new heights in flexibility, organization and high-density storage with LISTA system April 09, 2012


Northwest Airlines, Minneapolis, MN. Major airline’s maintenance facility.


Northwest Airlines’ primary maintenance facility featured storage equipment and workbenches that were obsolete. And the hangar avionics shop had been relocated and reduced in size by 36%.


Northwest had a pressing need to reorganize its shop and optimize available space.

“We have to not only make sure we can locate the proper tools and parts when they’re needed, but we have to ensure that they are properly stored to maintain their integrity.”

  – Phil Sundberg, Manager of Aircraft Maintenance


Northwest’s search for a solution landed at LISTA. LISTA equipment, installed in both the avionics shops and 757, 747 and DC 9 aircraft hangars, included

  • workbenches with butcher block tops, used for soldering and repairing wiring harnesses
  • standard width stacked cabinets in the avionics shop to store components such as black boxes, wiring harnesses and navigation equipment awaiting repair
  • computer cabinets

“We chose LISTA equipment for its quality and ability to maximize floor space. Just as important, though, was the flexibility of the equipment and the capacity for customization.”

  – Phil Sundberg


The LISTA installation has done far more than increase efficiency and productivity – it has provided the entire aviation maintenance department with increase peace of mind.


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