MRO IT Systems Widen Deployment

MRO providers have looked to IT system upgrades in order to achieve a more seamless operation.
Credit: Swiss-AS

Modern MRO management systems are key to both better maintenance practices inside airlines and more seamless connection with the aftermarket ecosystem. Despite the financial pressures of the pandemic, MRO IT providers continue to bring on new customers while upgrading their systems. 

In recent months, Swiss-AS, a unit of Lufthansa Systems, has been active in adding new customers for its already widely used solution, AMOS, expanding its lead in the number of airline users.

At the end of November, VietJet decided to expand its use of AMOS by adding mobile functions for mechanics and automating planning, scheduling and budgeting for its 100+ aircraft.

Earlier in the month, Hong Kong start-up Greater Bay Airlines signed up for AMOS support of a fleet expected to grow to 30 aircraft. The carrier also agreed to use flydocs for digitizing records and Lufthansa Technik for continuing airworthiness management.

In October, Modern Logistics, a Brazilian logistics company that operates cargo aircraft, chose AMOS to manage maintenance of its ATR 72s and four Boeing 737s and. In the same month, Colombian start-up Ultra Air selected cloud-hosted AMOS for its Airbus A320 fleet.

In November, IFS-Maintenix, which has just completed a large implementation at Southwest Airlines, signed up Latin America’s Viva Air, which now operates 21 aircraft but has ambitious plans to double this fleet over the next five years.

In October another provider with a large customer count, TRAX, saw Transavia Airlines add its line control and quick-turn e-mobility apps to its suite of TRAX support for 35 737-800s.

In November, Seabury Solutions’ Alkym softare was chosen by Alaska-based start-up Northern Pacific Airways for its incoming fleet of 757s.

Non-airline organizations have been eager for new tools as well. At the end of summer a major MRO, SR Technics Malaysia, chose Ultramain’s v9 Unity MRO suite to perform paperless execution across seven component overhaul lines. The SRT shop will use the software to digitally sign electronic task cards.

In late summer, ADSoftware was chosen by Helidax for maintenance and continuing airworthiness management of 36 Airbus H120 and 18 AS550 rotorcraft that serve the French Defense Ministry. Shortly before, AEROTEC, which maintains rotorcraft components, also chose ADS for its CAMO operations.

In November, Rusada’s Envision software was selected by Affinity Flying Training Services, which does training for the UK military on 42 small aircraft. And in the same month, Envision was chosen by Chrono Aviation, a Canadian charter carrier that operates 14 aircraft, including Pilatus PC-12s and Boeing 737s. Shortly before signing these new customers, Rusada had added an inventory management module to Envision.

Last but hardly least, in November India’s Ramco Systems saw its entire aviation software suite go live at Grupo Lomex, which flies and maintains both rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft for oil, gas, electricity and VIP operators in Mexico and Peru. And in September, Ramco announced it will implement its M&E MRO Suite V5.9 at Draken International, which operates tactical fighter aircraft for training to the defense industry.