Posted on: 10 April 2019 by Kimberley Young
JetBlue Airways is one of the first customers to use Lufthansa Technik’s new engineering consulting service ‘Maintwise’.
Lufthansa Technik developed a maintenance concept tailored to the individual needs of JetBlue for its Airbus A320 fleet, consisting of about 130 aircraft, in the period of two months.
The aim of ‘Maintwise’ is to bundle all aspects of an aircraft maintenance programme, taking into account available ground times, customer targets and framework conditions. In co-operation with the customer’s planning and engineering experts, the engineers at Lufthansa Technik devise a maintenance concept that aims to optimally harmonise the flight plan with the maintenance programme.
Depending on the customer’s objectives, higher aircraft availability of lower maintenance costs are the main targets. Other objectives may include improving planning stability or increasing flexibility for aircraft operations.
For this, Lufthansa Technik engineers assess the customer’s situation by identifying the exact targets and collecting relevant information concerning the maintenance concept. Taking into account ground time constraints, maintenance requirements, required working hours and other criteria different concepts are simulated and evaluated.
On the basis of the analysis, Lufthansa Technik proposes possible scenarios for maintenance concepts and compares their economic benefits. From this, the customer chooses the most suitable concept for implementation, which is then developed in detail.