New Airbus Skywise system to help more flights operate on schedule and reduce cancellations
easyJet has today (Tuesday, 20 June) announced the launch of a new system designed to predict aircraft faults before they happen and help prevent flight delays and cancellations.
The introduction of its Airbus Skywise platform is the latest step in the airline’s predictive maintenance programme in partnership with Airbus
easyJet and Airbus say they have been working to identify the airline’s top 100 technical issues for the last two years and have now developed a bespoke platform for the airline. The technology will help easyJet to predict technical issues by allowing engineers to intervene early and replace parts during routine maintenance before the component causes any issues and, in turn, prevent delays.
easyJet has been trialling the platform on 85 aircraft in its fleet since October. Over the last eight months, the airline says it has focused on three specific technical issues – resulting in the removal of 14 components before any issues occurred.
It claims this has made sure that more than 2,000 passenger journeys, which may have otherwise been disrupted and suffered overnight delays, have operated on schedue.
easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall said: “Over two years our engineers and IT team have been working very closely with Airbus to build the capability to capture the data created by the aircraft systems to try and help minimise and prevent delays. Through this work we have managed to identify the most frequent 100 aircraft faults that cause disruption to our passengers and have been working out how to use the data to detect these faults as they develop.
“Punctuality is important to our customers and so we want to do all possible tominimise disruption from technical events. Prognosis systems like the Airbus Skywise platform can really transform the way that we maintain our aircraft.
“The data obtained enables us to predict potential issues before they arise and start troubleshooting before the aircraft even lands which could help move us closer to our goal of eliminating technical delays.”
Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said: “We are really pleased to have collaborated closely with easyJet over the past two years. easyJet is well known for its innovative approach and our joint predictive maintenance trial has shown very tangible results which will help to further optimise the reliability of easyJet’s fleet.
“I look forward to our continued partnership and the results the new Skywise platform is set to deliver.”
Airbus launched the Skywise aviation data platform at the 2017 Paris Air Show (Le Bourget), in collaboration with Palantir Technologies – a pioneer in big-data integration and advanced analytics, and several leading operators. It’s hoped that Skywise will become the single platform of reference used by all major aviation players to improve their operational performance and business results, as well as to support their own digital transformation.
easyJet operates Europe’s largest and the world’s fourth largest Airbus single-aisle fleet – currently operating 272 aircraft. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft to easyJet on average every 16 days. The airline has 157 aircraft currently on order, and in terms of total aircraft orders is Airbus’ third biggest airline customer. easyJet has a fleet of 272 Airbus aircraft currently.
The airline employs a workforce of more than 200 engineering staff as well as outsourcing to external suppliers in many bases across its network.