PAL bets on 'big data,' taps Airbus Flight Hour Services for its A350-900 fleet

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2018 04:33 PM

PAL bets on 'big data,' taps Airbus Flight Hour Services for its A350-900 fleet 1
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines tapped Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support the maintenance requirements of its A350-900 fleet. Photo: PAL Handout

MANILA – The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines on Monday said it has selected Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) to optimize and support the maintenance requirements of its A350-900 fleet.

In a statement, PAL said it has signed the FHS-Components Maintenance contract, the first comprehensive maintenance solution in the Asia-Pacific region exclusive to its fleet of 6 A350-900s.

Airbus FHS, powered by Skywise aviation data platform, uses data hosting and analytics to optimize fleet utilization, PAL said.

It uses “big data” to “greatly enhance levels of operational performance, compared with current industry technologies," the statement said.

“It will allow for a proactive component engineering, with strong engineering focus that enables operators to predict in-service issues,” PAL said. 

Under the agreement, Airbus will handle component services, repair, warehousing and transportation for PAL, among others.

The airline said the partnership will lead to reduced delays and simplified troubleshooting. The contract will also support the airline's New York and other long-haul service to North America and Europe.

PAL is set to receive the first of its 6 A350-900s in July 2018.