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Aviation News Just where will Airbus's Skywise platform go?

Just where will Airbus's Skywise platform go?

Romain Guillot
21 JUN 2019 | 402 words
Just where will Airbus's Skywise platform go?
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Airbus's Skywise aviation data platform is moving forward and moving quickly. The European aircraft manufacturer will be revealing the identities of its next customer airlines at the 53rd Le Bourget airshow. The latest figures announced during the manufacturer's Innovation Days in Toulouse already indicated 72 airlines and over 7000 planes connected, with Airbus's boss Guillaume Faury confirming that the objective of 100 user airlines and 10 000 planes could be reached before the end of the year.

As we were able to witness at the latest MRO Americas show in Atlanta, the aircraft manufacturer had launched Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM), a new tool which, when combined with the Skywise Reliability Services (SRS) and Skywise Predictive Maintenance (SPM) bricks, now provides a complete solution to be able to improve airlines' operations. The first customer airline is Allegiant, based at Las Vegas and Cristian Toro, its Maintenance & Engineering director was not slow with his praise, having immediately identified tangible gains in terms of operational performance.

Rémi Maillard, Airbus's Services director also reminded those present that Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM) had quite simply enabled Allegiant to save one AOG (Aircraft on Ground) per day since its deployment last January. He also explained that competition is getting tougher and tougher between airlines and that they just do not want any more surprises at operational level. "With Skywise we plan the unplanned", he explained during a conference.

But the Le Bourget show will also enable Airbus to place the emphasis on FHS powered by Skywise, a new offer which goes hand in hand with Airbus's more traditional flying hour services (FHS) which are already being proposed to operators. Rémi Maillard also let us know that a training offer by Skywise was also in the pipeline, as is an offer for upgrades.

Marc Fontaine, Airbus's Digital Transformation director can see practically to limits on Skywise for improving airlines' operations, going so far as to predict that each route could in time be optimised individually, for example. Data is everywhere and Airbus is planning to catch the eye of leasing companies, MRO companies, certification authorities and airworthiness managers, as well as airports. The only limit that Marc Fontaine refuses to cross is using passenger data "which remains airlines' business and is nothing to do with us", even if he did restate that Skywise will be installed in cabins. "Airbus will continue to concentrate on operations".
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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