Southwest Airlines will implement Mxi Technologies’ Maintenix software across its Boeing 737 aircraft fleet starting next year, as it looks to consolidate its management systems into one single product by 2019.
Amanda Gower, Southwest’s senior manager-powerplant supply chain, said at MRO Americas on April 26 that the carrier is currently using two maintenance software systems.
The first is a legacy Wizard system, a version of Maxi-Merlin, along with a Trax system that was acquired when Southwest took over and integrated the operations of low-cost carrier AirTran Airways in 2010.
“We’re in the process of purchasing and custom fitting the Maintenix solution,” she says. “Sometime next year, we will slowly cut over in sections, starting with our renewal fleet such as the Boeing 737MAX. This will be followed by the -700s and -800s. Most likely around 2018 through to 2019 we should be operating from one system.”
Gower adds Southwest currently moves high volumes of parts between its inventory systems in order to accommodate aircraft with records in different programs.
Dallas-based Southwest announced the cooperation with Mxi for Maintenix in 2015, which initially saw Mxi assist the carrier with planning and scoping out how the software would be implemented at the airline.
Gower also revealed that the airline is reviewing the possible use of barcoding for scanning components, but is not quite there yet and still working on it.
However, she adds that one of its present systems performs the function of keeping track of parts: “Our Wizard system has a very robust regulatory requirement that prevents us from taking any parts that are not of the right configuration.”