Cirium launches the first phase of satellite-based aircraft maintenance tracking

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cirium today unveiled the aviation industry’s first satellite-based aircraft maintenance tracking feature in its Ascend Profiles module.

Its new Ground Events functionality enables aircraft and engine manufacturers, maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers, parts suppliers, lessors and insurers to monitor and forecast future aircraft maintenance events .

This means companies can better understand when and where an aircraft last had a maintenance event and plan its next visit.

It also helps identify aircraft transitions and strategize how and where maintenance and spare budgets are allocated by operators or owners.

Jeremy Bowen, CEO of Cirium, said: “We are innovators and constantly seek out new ideas to strengthen the aviation industry.

“By tracking every event on the ground of an airline’s aircraft, we can identify whether it was redesigned cabins, a new aircraft branding, a maintenance event or its put back into service.”

The first phase of the new Ground Events feature captures all instances where the aircraft is more than seven days on the ground and identifies aircraft registration, airport, date and time of arrival, date and departure time, duration of the ground event (in days) and aircraft age. For specific airlines, the feature shows the types of maintenance activities and the supplier.

The new feature demonstrates the power of combining Cirium’s unparalleled fleets and advanced satellite flight tracking data with MRO locations and MRO relationship data.

In one example, it shows that Air France has redesigned the cabin interiors of its entire Airbus A330 fleet to match the interiors of its A350.

This reflects the carrier’s focus on improving the passenger experience and benefited the airline when air travel began to return following the COVID-19 lockdowns. All 15 A330s were ready to return to service with the new interiors fitted in July 2020.

Meanwhile, the report shows how Lufthansa has returned five of its Airbus A340s, which were due to be retired, to service as the pandemic impacted new aircraft deliveries.

It further records how the airline partnered with IAC in Dublin to repaint the A340s in the new Lufthansa livery and regular maintenance checks were carried out by Lufthansa Technik Malta, Lufthansa Technik Philippines and Joramco.

Given the increased demand during the pandemic for shipping PPE and the rise of e-commerce, Ground Events data from Cirium shows how Federal Express (FedEx) was able to maximize its fleet and leverage strong relationships with its maintenance provider. FedEx has ramped up its cargo flights, using young planes – between the ages of around one and eight years old – and maintained a constant two-year maintenance cycle.

The Ground Events feature is part of the Ascend Profiles User Interface (UI) which visualizes aircraft information from airline and lessor profiles and provides quick information on aircraft types, airport locations, OEMs , MROs and more. The is available as an app and works on computer, mobile and tablet. Learn more.

About Cirium

Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to move the world. Provide insights, based on decades of industry experience, that enable travel agencies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines, and financial institutions, among others, to make logical, informed decisions that shape the future travel, increase revenue and improve the customer experience. Cirium is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analysis and decision-making tools for professionals and enterprises. Shares of RELX PLC are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York stock exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX.

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