Airbus and Delta Air Lines are forming a digital alliance to develop new cross-fleet predictive maintenance and health-monitoring solutions for airline customers from 2020 – accessible through a unified portal via the Skywise platform.

Delta Air Lines will be the first user of the solution, with Delta’s SVP technical operations Don Mitacek commenting, “This partnership with Airbus will further develop predictive maintenance capabilities” combining the analytical experience of Airbus’ Skywise platform with the knowledge of the Delta predictive maintenance team.

“We look forward to significant enhancements of prediction accuracies through this combination,” Mitacek added.

“This digital partnership with Delta is a world first, encompassing the major skills needed by airlines to keep their aircraft operationally ready,” said Norman Baker, Airbus’ SVP head of digital solutions. “Predictive maintenance, powered by Skywise, is now widely proven with our customers as the best way to achieve comprehensive insights into aircraft operation issues, enabling them to maintain higher levels of fleet availability.”

The agreement builds on collaboration between the pair, in October 2018 Delta entered into a multi-year contract with Airbus to apply Skywise Predictive Maintenance to its A320 and A330 fleets, covering 400 aircraft. This summer the two joined forces to offer A220 component repair and material services for Airbus’ A220 Flight Hour Services (FHS) programme.

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