Boeing’s online Maintenance Performance Toolbox has been ordered by some 14 airlines in the first half of this year, bringing to 38 the number of carriers using the program.

The company says the following airlines signed up to use Toolbox during the first six months of 2007: Aeroflot, Air China Southwest Branch, Air India, Air India Express, Emirates, Hainan Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, S7 Airlines (formerly Siberia Airlines), Southwest Airlines, Transavia and Turkish Airlines.

Three airlines have not been identified by Boeing.

“This positive reaction to the introduction of Maintenance Performance Toolbox is a sign that the airline industry will enthusiastically embrace a comprehensive software tool that’s going to help improve efficiency and productivity, increasing value to passengers,” says Boeing Commercial Aviation Services VP of sales and marketing Dan da Silva.

In all, Toolbox today comprises five different tools in one suite that can help airlines streamline a wide range of maintenance and repair activities from managing technical publications to troubleshooting problems to performing core maintenance and engineering tasks. Airlines are free to pick and choose from among the capabilities to supplement their operations as needed.

A new training module will be introduced later this year. “This form of just-in-time training will help airline mechanics and technicians train for specific tasks when and if necessary,” says Boeing.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news