Posted on: 18 December 2018 by Mark Howells
Wizz Air and Lufthansa Technik have signed a 10-year Aviatar agreement to provide the airline with digital fleet solutions for improved maintenance and reliability.
A key element in the partnership approach is to further improve the efficiency of Wizz Air’s technical operations by using Aviatar’s modular solutions in the areas of predictive and preventive maintenance and reliability management, said Lufthansa Technik. This entails direct connection to the Maintenance Control Centre (MCC) in Budapest. In addition, Wizz Air will also benefit from all other offerings by Lufthansa Technik and third parties on the platform.
Christian Ambiehl, Wizz Air’s head of maintenance, said it had selected Aviatar after a detailed analysis of the offerings available. He added that its open and modular architecture, together with the strategic decision of its partner to neutrally offer access even to competitors, made it “a unique platform.”
He continued: “Competition and access to new markets have been key to Wizz Air’s success in the past 14 years and our digital vision requires a neutral platform, which enables us to co-operate digitally with our MRO and technical operations partners within our growing route network. Aviatar also allows us to control our fleet’s operational data for the co-creation of new digital solutions to generate additional values for Wizz Air’s operation and beyond. It is our objective to grow our fleet faster than our technical operations team.” Wizz has a fleet currently of 105 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, flying over 600 routes from 26 bases.
Aviatar allows operators and other participants in the MRO market to collaborate on an open and neutral platform. It applies analytical models to provide new insights, recommendations and notifications, enabling users to simplify decision processes. It is an OEM-spanning platform, independent of Lufthansa Technik or any MRO service contracts, with the aim of serving as a central and connecting hub for digital products and services.