Southwest Airlines has selected Boeing’s Airplane Health Management (AHM) service in an effort to minimise unscheduled maintenance and reduce aircraft downtime.
The product will be installed on Southwest's fleet of next-generation Boeing 737s, says the airframer.
Boeing does not specify when the work will be completed and the company did not immediately respond to a request for more information.
The Dallas-based airline’s next-generation 737 fleet includes 425 737-700s and 62 737-800s, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.
Boeing’s AHM system collects aircraft operational data during flight and, prior to landing, notifies ground personnel of potential maintenance issues, helping improve operational efficiency and minimise maintenance-related delays, says Boeing.
Southwest executives say the AHM system will provide immediate cost benefits.
“The predictive nature of this product allows us to proactively initiate planning for necessary repairs, even while an airplane is in flight,” says Southwest’s vice president of maintenance operations Jim Sokol in Boeing’s media release. “With this capability, we can mitigate schedule delays and help ensure on-time arrivals and departures.”