ST Engineering’s commercial aerospace unit has signed a Boeing 787 component support contract with Japan Airlines. 

The five-year maintenance-by-the-hour contract commenced in September, and covers 787s operated by Japan Airlines and its low-cost unit Zipair Tokyo. 

JAL 787-8

Source: Japan Airlines

Cirium fleets data shows JAL operates a fleet of 49 787s, comprising 27 -8s, and 22 -9s. Zipair, meanwhile, has two 787-8s in service. 

ST Engineering adds that the contract adds to a current 737-800 component support programme that it has signed with the carrier. 

“As part of a customised solution for Japan Airlines and a growing trend in leveraging digital technologies to derive valuable insights for MRO, ST Engineering will introduce an on-wing component health and reliability management programme. The programme uses an in-house developed software to provide diagnostics and prescriptive advisory by detecting anomalies and predicting components’ remaining useful life,” states the Singapore-based company. 

ST Engineering commercial aerospace president Jeffrey Lam says the latest partnership “[deepens] our level of service by employing predictive maintenance capabilities to enable better maintenance scheduling and reduction of aircraft downtime”. 

ST Engineering provides aircraft component support in six facilities across four cities — Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam, as well as in Stockholm.