United Signs Up For Lufthansa Technik Digital Platform

Lufthansa Technik launched Aviatar in 2017 and has since amassed more than 100 airline users.
Credit: Lufthansa Technik

United Airlines has become the newest user of Lufthansa Technik’s open-source data-sharing platform Aviatar which will enable it access to digital support on its Boeing 777 and Airbus A320 aircraft fleets.

The agreement was signed at the end of 2020. It will also include both parties working together on predictive maintenance solutions for United fleet of 737 aircraft, of which the Chicago-headquartered carrier is the world’s third largest operator with more than 350 of the narrowbody family.

United says it has already begun integrating the Aviatar platform into its existing processes and training procedures.

Kurt Carpenter, United’s vice president of technical operations planning and strategy, says the Aviatar rollout will bring several benefits. “By leveraging Aviatar's digital platform, our tech-ops professionals can access data, insights and recommendations that help us optimize our operations and reduce flight delays or cancellations caused by maintenance issues,” he says.

Meanwhile, Johannes Bussmann, CEO of Lufthansa Technik, says the two parties will look further improve the digital side of the TechOps operation while looking to co-create new use cases related to advanced digital technologies. 

Since bringing Aviatar to market in 2017, Lufthansa Technik says the platform has grown to a user base of more than 100 airlines.

The digital platform offers a suite of products for airlines, MRO providers, OEMs and lessors ranging from predictive maintenance to fulfillment and automated solutions to improve customer access to pool stock, material planning solutions and dedicated home-base stocks.

James Pozzi

As Aviation Week's MRO Editor EMEA, James Pozzi covers the latest industry news from the European region and beyond. He also writes in-depth features on the commercial aftermarket for Inside MRO.