BA adopts Boeing in-flight monitoring for long-haul fleet

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British Airways' Boeing 787s, as well as its current 777 and 747 long-haul fleet, are being included in a five-year agreement with the US airframer for in-flight diagnostics and performance monitoring.

The carrier's agreement for the latest version of Boeing's Airplane Health Management system comes into effect from 1 April.

It will relay performance data and health status from the aircraft, during flight, to BA's engineering division to aid technical preparations, and minimise downtime.

"The system has proved very effective during our testing so we are pleased to be rolling it out across the long-haul fleet," says BA engineering director Garry Copeland.

The Boeing product provides real-time fault management, service monitoring and performance monitoring to carriers, and delivers notifications to ground personnel through various media including handheld devices and the Internet.

BA has 57 747-400s, although capacity cuts mean only 50 are in service, as well as 46 777s, with six more on order. The carrier has 24 787s on order which will start to arrive in 2012.