Delta First to be Skywise

Airbus and Delta Air Lines are to form a digital alliance to develop new predictive maintenance and health monitoring solutions. Accessed through the manufacturer’s Skywise platform, the cross-fleet solution will harness each member’s expertise in airframes, systems and engines.

Skywise is a data-driven platform that gathers information supplied by airlines, airports, manufacturers and suppliers to provide data analysis, simplification and comparison functions to the end customer. Delta will be the first user of the system, which Airbus describes as an “enriched predictive maintenance solution.”

Don Mitacek, senior vice president of Delta TechOps, said: “This partnership with Airbus will further develop predictive maintenance capabilities, bringing the deep analytical prowess of Airbus’ Skywise platform in conjunction with the rich technical and operational knowledge of the Delta predictive maintenance team."

Norman Baker, Airbus’ senior vice president of digital solutions, added: “Predictive maintenance, powered by Skywise, is now widely proven with our customers as the best way to achieve comprehensive insights into aircraft operation issues."

In October 2018, the airline entered into a multi-year contract with Airbus to apply Skywise predictive maintenance to its A320 and A330 fleets – covering around 400 aircraft. The upgraded predictive maintenance technology will be available to customers worldwide from 2020. (Photo Airbus)