SITA's aerospace e-business marketplace has formed an alliance with to allow customers to track maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) orders online. The service will be available by the end of June. Aircraft lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has completed its first aircraft operating lease via the internet. The transaction, negotiation and documentation for the lease of a Bombardier Dash 8-300 to Norwegian regional Wideroe's Flyveselskap were conducted online in secure "deal rooms". TRW's UK-based Lucas Aerospace division has added the TRW Aeroservices repair and overhaul application to its TRW Aerospares web site following a successful beta test. The service provides a one-stop shop for all repair orders. Cathay Pacific is using Oracle's internet procurement software to allow the airline to connect directly with its suppliers via the internet. The CXeBuy service is being rolled out across the company following a successful trial phase. Cathay expects to save $40 million by 2003 through internet procurement, and conduct up to 50% of its purchasing via the internet within three years. Independent aerospace exchange Avolo has launched an MRO module, with launch customers BFGoodrich and AMETEK Aerospace, that allows Avolo users to find and compare MRO facilities and request estimates. MRO specialist Messier Services has selected Intentia International's Movex Aviation software to set up an enterprise resource planning system for its business in a €3 million deal. Delta Air Lines and fractional ownership pioneer Executive Jets have selected aviation software supplier Mxi Technologies' Maintenix product to manage fleet maintenance. They will use Maintenix for advanced maintenance planning and forecasting, engineering management and regulatory compliance assurance.

Source: Flight International