Lufthansa Technik enhances AVIATAR digital platform; AvAir expands aftermarket sales deal

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Lufthansa Technik has recently enhanced its AVIATAR digital platform with various new digital fleet management applications for the Boeing 737 NG (Next Generation), which are now made available to 737 operators around the world. The new Condition Monitoring and Prediction offerings were co-created with United Airlines, which partnered with Lufthansa Technik starting in early 2021 on the 737 NG and Airbus A320 family to jointly develop unique predictive maintenance solutions by combining world class engineering know-how and industry leading data science teams.

By integrating the Boeing 737 NG into AVIATARs Condition Monitoring troubleshooting solution, United Airlines and all other customers can now manage technical operations for their Airbus and Boeing aircraft side-by-side on a single screen. In addition, they can now benefit from a growing number of Predictive Maintenance use cases developed for the Boeing 737 NG that help to avoid unplanned maintenance events or AOGs (Aircraft on Ground). AVIATAR now also offers integration with United’s M&E (Maintenance & Engineering) system logbook and embeds OEM documentation linking features for the 737 NG among other new features.

“As one of the world’s largest airlines, we are proud to see our world class engineering and industry leading data analytics teams contribute to the success of this service,” said Kurt Carpenter, United Vice President of Technical Operations Planning and Strategy. “Our goal entering this effort was to focus on operationalising new predictive maintenance alerts and data to provide decision support and prescriptive maintenance outputs to our frontline teams. The AVIATAR team and United teams worked to consolidate Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance alerting for the 737 NG and A319/A320 fleets into a single platform in just one year. Our Digital Technology teams also collaborated to integrate our maintenance logbook, in-house predictive alerting and technical manual workflows. We look forward to continuing this relationship and to co-developing new and unique predictive maintenance models with the AVIATAR team.”

Launched in 2017, AVIATAR is the independent platform for digital products and services developed by Lufthansa Technik. The platform offers its users digital solutions ranging from predictive maintenance to automated fulfilment solutions. AVIATAR combines fleet management solutions, data science and engineering expertise to provide a comprehensive range of integrated digital services and products for airlines, MRO companies, OEMs and lessors that integrate with physical fulfilment in TechOps and beyond.

AvAir and Lufthansa Technik expand aftermarket sales agreement

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AvAir, an inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, and Lufthansa Technik have signed an addendum to their long-term aftermarket sales agreement. This addendum includes a second large material takeover. The initial agreement between the two companies was reached in 2020, in which AvAir took over 9,000 line items from Lufthansa Technik’s worldwide material pools. The Arizona-based company has now acquired an additional 9,000 aircraft components.

This time, the agreement also includes as-removed and unserviceable units in addition to serviceable and overhauled items. The agreement implies that Lufthansa Technik receives a share of the proceeds from resold components under a profit share agreement. The material is considered overstock and a majority of the parts comes directly from the Lufthansa Technik material pool and aircraft teardowns. The sale significantly contributes to the optimisation of inventory at Lufthansa Technik’s warehouses in Germany, delivery of the components will commence immediately to AvAir facilities in Ireland and Chandler, Arizona, in the United States. Despite this major logistical endeavour for teams of Lufthansa Technik on both continents, the complete transfer of material is expected to be completed in the next 90 days.

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