Flydubai has signed an agreement with Boeing to implement its suite of mobile maintenance applications, it was announced at the MRO Middle East conference on Tuesday.
The Dubai low-cost carrier will use the aircraft manufacturer’s Maintenance Turn Time, Toolbox Mobile Library and Toolbox Mobile Parts solutions, which provide technicians with real-time information to speed up maintenance repairs.
Flydubai worked closely with the U.S. company to finalise the functionality and operability of the products, which will be integrated with the carrier’s maintenance planning systems.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate directly with Boeing to develop these solutions to support our needs in a fast-paced and rapidly changing maintenance environment,” said Ken Gile, flydubai chief operating officer.
“By making these maintenance efficiency improvements, we will be better positioned to effectively manage our operations to scale more easily and accommodate our planned fleet growth.”
The applications give technicians real-time, mobile access to technical manuals, part numbers and parts inventory availability, maintenance history and other information to support time-critical maintenance tasks.
It also includes two-way collaboration capabilities including the sharing of documents and photos and other information to troubleshoot issues.
Flydubai is in the midst of an expansion phase, having confirmed orders for 75 737 MAX 8 jets, 11 next-generation 737-800s and purchase rights for 25 more MAXs, at the Dubai Airshow last year. The news represented the largest single-aisle order in the Middle East for Boeing.
“Our team worked closely with flydubai to identify their specific maintenance operations challenges and discovered that the transit time involved with engineers going back and forth between the airplane and the maintenance base to retrieve information could be optimized,” said John Maggiore, director of Fleet and Maintenance Solutions, Boeing Digital Aviation.
“This integrated and streamlined mobile access to information at the airplane via mobile devices will enable the maintenance and engineering teams at flydubai to accommodate the high utilization rates and tight operations schedules for the fleet.”