| Rémi Maillard, Senior VP of Airbus Services business unit, took advantage of the 53rd Paris Air Show two weeks ago to announce a series of new products. This activity, which recorded $3.7 billion last year (+14%), is still on a trajectory leading to $10 billion in sales over the next decade. It should be noted that the "Services by Airbus" branch has changed its name to become "Airbus Services".
First of all, the A220 programme which was inherited from Bombardier last year, and which Rémi Maillard logically classified as "digital native", will now be benefiting from the whole range of services proposed by the European aircraft manufacturer, and the benefits provided by the Skywise platform in particular. The former CSeries family aircraft will also be joining Airbus's FHS programme, taking advantage of the equipment and repairable part servicing and repair capabilities of Delta TechOps (it's not hard to see which airline will be the first to benefit).
In fact, the A220 is currently becoming part of a much wider spectrum of Airbus Services activity, with Airbus and Airbus Canada working together on all the aircraft support (a worldwide support network which capitalises on the existing Airbus network, support management by Airbus or Airbus Canada depending on the customer, collaboration on documentation dedicated to training, operations, cabin crew training or flight simulators). In addition, the spare and repairable part services will be placed under the respective responsibilities of SATAIR and Airbus Flight Hours Services (FHS) before the end of the year.
The FHS programme is already being used by 27 customers around the world, covering 700 aircraft. The latest airlines to take advantage of the FHS solution are Aircalin, JetSmart, Azul, Viva Columbia, China Express and All Nippon Airways (for its A380 fleet).
One other new feature related to FHS and which Rémi Maillard had already mentioned during the Airbus Innovation Days in Toulouse in May is the launch of the FHS powered by Skywise offer which enables the operational data and the data related directly to the maintenance work (repairs, inventory, logistics, etc.) to be connected in the digital platform. Skywise will then be able to automatically identify the components required and the associated consumables, guarantee the selection of optimum logistical routes, provide real-time traceability and manage stocks dynamically.
On an operational level, the Skywise platform has also landed new airlines to use the Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM) tool, which was unveiled in Atlanta in May. Following the American airline Allegiant, SriLankan Airlines, Gulf Air, Indigo, Jazeera and La Compagnie will now be able to improve their operational performance by combining SHM with the Skywise Reliability Services (SRS) and Skywise Predictive Maintenance (SPM) bricks. Note that Airbus's Beluga fleet is also concerned.
The European aircraft manufacturer has also launched a new solution on Skywise dedicated to leasing companies to facilitate management of their assets during the transition phase between operators. Four leasing companies have already been able to test the platform and the first two lessors have just committed by signing letters of intent : CDB Aviation and CALC.
Finally, Airbus has also unveiled the "Skywise Partner Programme", with Accenture, Capgemini, FPT Software, IBM, and Sopra Steria as its first partners. The idea is to enable these large, worldwide, IT specialists to develop more robust and richer applications inside the platform to meet airlines' specific requirements.