Posted on: 04 February 2014 by Mark Howells
Boeing and flydubai have signed an agreement to implement Boeing’s suite of mobile maintenance applications, with the airline deploying maintenance turn time, toolbox mobile library and toolbox mobile parts – solutions that provide real-time access to the information technicians’ need to resolve maintenance issues quickly.
flydubai worked closely with Boeing to finalise the functionality and operability of the mobile maintenance products, which will be integrated with the airline’s maintenance planning systems.
“Coordinating maintenance information across the airline is essential for our current and future operations as we continue to expand our 737 fleet,” commented Dave Lewis, flydubai head of engineering. “To do this effectively, our engineers require instant access to information to support faster aircraft maintenance turn times, providing a greater level of confidence that we will continue to meet our quick-turn schedules.”
“Our team worked closely with flydubai to identify their specific maintenance operations challenges and discovered that the transit time involved with engineers going back and forth between the aeroplane and the maintenance base to retrieve information could be optimised,” reported John Maggiore, director of fleet and maintenance solutions, Boeing Digital Aviation. “This integrated and streamlined mobile access to information at the airplane via mobile devices will enable the maintenance and engineering teams at flydubai to accommodate the high utilisation rates and tight operations schedules for the fleet.”
The mobile maintenance applications provide technicians with real-time, mobile access to technical manuals, part numbers and parts inventory availability, maintenance history and other information needed to support time-critical maintenance tasks. Two-way collaboration capabilities enable technicians to rapidly share documents, photos and other information needed to troubleshoot issues, support operations decisions and improve maintenance turn times.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate directly with Boeing to develop these solutions to support our needs in a fast-paced and rapidly changing maintenance environment,” added Ken Gile, flydubai’s chief operating officer. “By making these maintenance efficiency improvements, we will be better positioned to effectively manage our operations to scale more easily and accommodate our planned fleet growth.”