Allegiant Air, the first user of Airbus Skywise Health Monitoring, now has access to numerous data sources in a single dashboard that alerts staff to issues with Airbus A320s and suggests solutions.

The all-in-one feature of Skywise Health Monitoring saves Allegiant maintenance teams time “by not having to jump from system to system” to follow issues with aircraft, says Christian Toro, vice-president of maintenance at Allegiant. Skywise can help Allegiant decrease costs of unscheduled maintenance and avoid unnecessary removal of parts, Toro says, but continuous improvements to software algorithms are aimed at making predictive maintenance more cost-effective and efficient.

Allegiant has been using Skywise Health Monitoring for three months. The airline operates 47 A320s and 37 A319s, according to Cirium's Fleets Analyzer.

The new predictive maintenance platform is part of the Airbus Skywise suite of products, which are in service on 60 airlines, says Norman Baker, senior vice-president of digital solutions at Airbus. Las Vegas-based Allegiant is the first to implement Skywise Health Monitoring, but the airframer expects more airlines will adopt the new platform this year to monitor other aircraft, including the A330, A350 and A380.

“Skywise Health Monitoring tells you about how to pursue options including what parts you need, how to get them and what maintenance control centers can help,” Baker says. “We are putting better decision-making capability in the hands of the operator.”

Airbus created Skywise Health Monitoring as a next-generation service for customers using its AIRMAN-web platform that tracks issues with aircraft. Live diagnostic data is relayed to Skywise through the aircraft communication addressing and reporting system (ACARS).

Source: Cirium Dashboard